The CELTA is currently taught at nearly 300 centers in over 50 different countries.
Cambridge English Language Assessment ESOL is the educational institution in the United
Kingdom that administers the program and issues the certificates when you successfully
complete the course. Missouri State University is the only approved center in Missouri
to run the CELTA program—the closest other centers are in Austin and Chicago.
The objective of the interview is to make sure that candidates would be able to successfully
complete the CELTA. We are mainly looking for people who are ready to work in teams
and support their co-candidates, are ready to try out new techniques, and are professional.
We also want to verify that candidates understand the demands of the CELTA and are
ready to make that commitment for 5 weeks. Lack of teaching experience or language
awareness is not a problem—we will help with that!
After candidates are offered a place in a course, we will send a pre-course task and
a reading list. This will prepare candidates for the CELTA course themes.
Yes. In addition to the time candidates spend in class, they will often spend evenings
and weekends on course-related work. This consists of lesson preparation, written
assignments and reading. Candidates should have no other commitments other than the
course itself. This is a highly respected professional qualification, so it is expected
that candidates will take it very seriously and be ready to put in the work needed.
This is an advantage of the 5-week MSU CELTA program. Usually CELTA candidates feel
tremendous pressure and experience lack of sleep trying to get all the work done in
just four weeks. The 5-week program allows for a somewhat less intense pace, and more
time for preparation and learning.
The good news is that about 95% of people who complete the CELTA pass it. There are
two main reasons why:
The pre-interview task and interview help the CELTA trainers determine who has the
potential to pass the CELTA. Candidates are not accepted if they do not show potential
Candidates receive continual support from their tutors and peers. If a candidates
shows signs of struggling, their tutors step in and help get them back on track.
The most common reasons why candidates fail are:
unwillingness to try out new teaching techniques
failing to be on time - either for the lessons or in completing assignments
having too many other commitments during the course.
No. The CELTA is open to non-native speakers of English as long as their English skills
are “of an adequate standard to follow the course and complete the assignments.” Cambridge
defines this as a level of at least a high C1 on the CEFR standards
For more information: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/images/126130-cefr-diagram.pdf
The CELTA is mainly designed for inexperienced teachers to get the qualifications
needed to teach English overseas. However, having the CELTA in addition to an MA in
TESOL gives candidates a major advantage while looking for jobs. It’s also worthwhile
to note that many MA programs do not include a practicum requirement, leaving their
students without any teaching experience. The CELTA gives candidates at least 6 hours
of teaching experience.
We recommend you visit the Cambridge English Language Assessment ESOL Examinations
website at: www.cambridgeesol.org for further information.