International Diploma in Language Teaching Management

Transforming the careers of language teaching professionals

Globally, the field of language teaching is expanding rapidly. This rapid expansion has not only created a demand for language teachers but also a demand for managers of language teaching centres and organisations. As in many other fields, managers are often recruited from outstanding employees in the organisation. In many cases these employees are teachers. While these teacher-managers are often excellent teachers, they may not always be successful well-prepared managers.

The International Diploma in Language Teaching Management (IDLTM) is designed to address this need. IDLTM enables language teaching professionals to apply insights and skills derived from management theory and practice to their work as managers in language teaching organisations.

Authors and endorsement

The International Diploma in Language Teaching Management (IDLTM) was originally developed in 2000 by ICTE and World Learning SIT Graduate Institute in conjunction with Cambridge Assessment English .

The ICTE IDLTM is a NEAS premium endorsed product.


The IDLTM is designed to enable language teaching professionals to:

  • extend their knowledge and awareness of relevant management principles and practices
  • develop their management skills through the application of this knowledge and awareness to a language teaching context
  • demonstrate these skills in effective practice as leaders and managers.

The IDLTM program offers the qualifications that candidates need to further their career in English language teaching centres.

IDLTM is designed for language teaching professionals and preparing them for the transition to management within their language teaching centre and organisation. IDLTM is a six-month, 325 hour blended course comprising an initial five days of face to face workshops providing the opportunity to meet your fellow program peers followed by six months of online delivery.


The cost per participant is AUD $3,900

Entry requirements

Qualifications and experience are required - see details.

2020 IDLTM Course dates

City Venue Face-to-face dates
Courses are run subject to sufficient enrolments
Brisbane ICTE, UQ St Lucia, QLD 4071

Monday 1 June 2020 - Friday 5 June 2020*
(ICTE Development week)

Perth TBC

Saturday 19 September 2020 - Wednesday 23 September 2020*
(following the English Australia Conference)

*Courses are run subject to sufficient enrolments, and will be confirmed approximately eight weeks before course commencement

Entry requirements


  • Bachelor degree or equivalent.
  • Minimum of 3 years language teaching experience (full-time in state or private sector, internationally or in one country) OR 5 years experience working in a language-teaching context.
  • Competence in English (both written and spoken) that enables candidates to follow the course and complete all the assessed elements successfully. Non-native English speakers require a minimum:
    • TOEFL score of 600 with TWE 6 or 250 (computer based)
    • IELTS 7 with a minimum score of 7.0 in reading and writing


  • English Language Teaching qualification.
  • Minimum of 8 years full time work experience.
  • Coordination management experience in education or business.

Course content

IDLTM includes an introductory module (non-assessed) and eight compulsory modules with assignment-based assessment for each.

  • Management and Managing (Introductory unit): Defining concepts and establishing a conceptual framework for the rest of the course. Differences and similarities between LT management and other types of management will be explored.
  • Organisational Management: Providing a foundation in the theory and practice of organisational structure and culture, focusing on types of organisations, educational institutions as organisations, and organisational change and development.
  • Managing Financial Resources: Developing skills in using and interpreting financial procedures and systems, including the analysis of financial information found in business plans and balance sheets.
  • Human Resource Management and Communication: Matching human resources to organisational needs; staff recruitment, induction, motivation, professional development, and effective communication.
  • Marketing: Applying marketing and promotional theory to practice within a language teaching organisation; putting a marketing plan into operation.
  • Client and Customer Service:  Integrating client and customer service and quality assurance practices into the work of a manager; dealing effectively with client and customer feedback.
  • Academic Management: Enabling course participants to utilise frameworks to initiate, promote and sustain programs of course and teacher development. The module will look at current trends in TESOL, and the development, delivery and monitoring of courses, including curriculum design and innovation.
  • Two modules designed locally: One will deal with areas such as Accreditation and Registration, Industrial Relations, Review and Performance Recognition or Teacher Professional Development Approaches (determination of module content will be made by the delivering institute on a course by course basis). The other module will be Project Management (PM) and the application of PM principles and strategies for initiating and implementing projects within language teaching organisations.


One assignment will be set for each module except the Introductory unit. Assignment lengths vary from 1000-3000 words depending on the module. The assignment types also differ, depending on the nature of the module, for example, essay, costed proposal or marketing plan.

For full details of the syllabus and assessment, get the IDLTM Syllabus and Assessment Guidelines.

How to apply

Complete the IDLTM application form with:

  • a copy of your current CV
  • a digital passport-sized photo

Applicants may be required to complete a pre-course screening task at the discretion of ICTE.

Dates and locations for face-to-face component

If you wish to have the IDLTM delivered in your location, please contact us to discuss.  

Please let us know If you are flexible with your preferred dates or location. 


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

Have you considered a customised program for your organisation?

If one of our fixed date programs in 2020 does not work for your organisation, ICTE has a proven track record of successfully delivering customised IDLTM programs for clients such as RMIT Vietnam and English First.

Programs can be delivered at a time and venue that suit your team.  Contact us today for more information.

Anne MacKenzieMichael Bos
Manager, Education and Administration
John Paul International College

IDLTM is the must-have qualification for any leadership position in the TESOL industry.  The deep theoretical underpinning and the hands-on practice, seamlessly pair together.  I valued the practical sessions with industry experts, their breadth of knowledge and their insights into their respective fields of study.   

 I also appreciated the continuous links to language teaching organisations and the assignments that gave me opportunities to implement the learning directly into my workplace.  This course offered excellent, bespoke feedback and mentorship.  I would highly recommend the IDLTM to TESOL teachers looking to take the next step in their careers.

Anne MacKenzieAnne MacKenzie
IDLTM Graduate & University English Language Centre Director of Studies

I found that the IDLTM course was relevant and current to managing all aspects of a language teaching organisation from the organisational structure, to recruitment and employment issues, staff motivation, client service, cultural sensitivity, dealing with students and agents, understanding and managing budgets, marketing the organisation and its courses. 

I would definitely recommend the IDLTM to other TESOL professionals and have already recommended it to others in my organisation. IDLTM is the only course to bridge that gap between the classroom ESL teacher and the LTO manager.

Anne MacKenzieLucas Chiusoli
ILSC Sydney and English Australia Board

Joining the IDLTM course had been at the top of my wish list for a while. I had heard nothing but positive feedback from former ‘IDLTMites’, and must say they were absolutely right!

The face-to-face component is extremely valuable not only because of the caliber of the trainers (Andy and Steve really know their stuff and their audience) but also because of the connections with fellow course mates and the sharing of experiences and ideas. It was an intense 5-day course with loads of useful information, links and resources; a very pleasant atmosphere and sense of camaraderie; and the feeling of achievement and satisfaction at the end of it (mixed with the excitement of the upcoming online component).