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.

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.
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.
Two modules designed locally
Determination of module content will be made by the delivering institute on a course by course basis


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


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.


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.


1 June - 5 June 2020* - cancelled

Location: ICTE, UQ, St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia

19 September - 23 September 2020*  - cancelled

Following the English Australia Conference
Location: TBC

Register your interest

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



The cost per participant is AUD $3,900

Have you considered a customised course for your organisation?

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

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

"IDLTM is the only course to bridge that gap between the classroom ESL teacher and the LTO manager."

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




Michael 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.


Lucas 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).

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.