The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) is awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge in the UK.  It used to be known as the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults.

CELTA is internationally recognised and one of the most widely taken courses of its kind. Each year, over 10,000 people choose CELTA to open up a world of exciting English language teaching opportunities. CELTA is a NEAS Premium Endorsed Product.


You need to have a high standard of competence in both written and spoken English and a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education, although applicants with no formal qualifications will also be considered.

All candidates are selected on the basis of an interview and application tasks designed to assess language awareness, literacy skills and aptitude. 



Tuition fees are AUD$ 3,100. Other costs are for the required books and moderation fee (£152 - paid in the Australian dollar equivalent at the time of payment).



CELTA at ICTE-UQ is offered as a 4-week full-time course and a 12-week semi-intensive course.

CELTA information evenings

Come along and meet CELTA trainers, see the training venue and ask questions about the course.

CELTA information evenings are being held: 4 April, 4 July and 17 October 2017, 5.30 – 6.30pm in the Sir Llew Edwards Building.

To register your interest to attend an information evening, please register online.

CELTA full-time course dates

Typical hours: 9.00am - 5.15pm from Monday to Friday.


28 August – 22 September 2017

CELTA semi-intensive course dates

Typical hours: 4.30pm - 9.00pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9am - 3.30pm on six Saturdays.


26 September – 14 December plus the following Saturdays:

30 September, 7 October, 21 October, 28 October, 18 November, 25 November.


Course content

Course content and delivery is highly practical and hands-on and will cover how to:

  • select, adapt and develop your own teaching and learning materials
  • plan and deliver interactive and engaging English language lessons
  • manage a classroom
  • assess and evaluate students’ individual English language skills and their learning process.

Your participation with involve a minimum of 120 contact hours including a combination of:

  • workshops and small group-work activities
  • practical teaching demonstrations
  • observation of experienced teachers
  • supervised practice teaching sessions with real English language learners (6 assessed hours).

You will also need to complete a minimum of 80 hours reading, assignment writing and lesson preparation.

For a formal description of the syllabus, download the CELTA course syllabus (PDF, 176KB) from Cambridge English.



Assessment is continuous throughout the course and integrated into all course components. It is based primarily on lesson planning and classroom teaching, with trainer evaluations, and a series of four classroom-based, written assignments.

Candidates compile a portfolio of written work including lesson plans, teaching materials and assignments.

Cambridge English Language Assessment awards the CELTA to candidates who satisfactorily fulfil all course assessment criteria and complete all course requirements.

An external assessor, appointed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, moderates each course, observes teaching practice and reads candidates’ portfolios to ensure worldwide consistency of standards and grading.



You will have access to comprehensive materials held in the ICTE-UQ Learning Centre during the course and 12 months free access to Cambridge English Teacher , an online professional development resource bank and network provided by Cambridge English Assessment.

Candidates who have been accepted into a course are also recommended to purchase:

  • Parrott, Martin (current edition) Grammar for English Language Teachers. Cambridge University Press
  • Scrivener, Jim (current edition) Learning Teaching. Macmillan

Access to an Advanced Learners’ English Dictionary will also be useful – partial access is available free online:

How to apply

Complete a written application and attend an interview. Get the application pack for full details.


Contact us with any questions or phone +61 7 3346 6770.

What our students say

screen shot of first video frame showing students at UQ Hear CELTA graduates talk about their experiences during and after the course in video interviews.  These interviews address common questions candidates have before starting their CELTA course, such as  'How will I be assessed?' and 'What is the teaching prac like?'

Watch video interviews with CELTA graduates

Get in touch

+61 7 3346 6770

Sir Llew Edwards Building (#14)
Cnr University Drive & Campbell Road
The University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072 Australia

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