Eligibility for the CELTA: is it right for you?

If you can answer ‘yes’ or ‘probably’ to the following questions, then the CELTA is right for you!

  • Are you 18 or older?
  • Do you have a level of education that would allow you to access higher education?
  • Do you want to teach English?
  • Are you a competent user of English? (You are the equivalent of a high C1 level or above.)
  • Do you have a reasonable understanding of the way that the English language works, or could you learn about this reasonably quickly?
  • Do you want a practical teaching qualification rather than an academic one?
  • Are you able to relate well to other people?
  • Are you capable of giving clear instructions, explaining effectively and helping people when they don’t understand?
  • Are you able to reflect on what you do, noticing strengths, weaknesses and possible strategies for improving work in the future?
  • Are you open to hearing supportive, but possibly critical, feedback on lessons you have taught?
  • Are you prepared to undertake a potentially stressful course, where you and your teaching will be in the spotlight for many hours?
  • Are you keen to try a TEFL course that is hard work, but immensely challenging and rewarding?