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USA - Washington State - Seattle
By:CELTA at ELS SEATTLE <mkubas@els.edu>

What is this certificate?

This prestigious certificate is the ideal qualification for those who want to start English language teaching. It is also suitable for people who want a career break or change and for those already teaching English who have no formal qualifications. Awarded by Cambridge ESOL, part of the world-famous University of Cambridge, the CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) certificate opens a new world of exhilarating teaching opportunities.

Who should take it?

Anyone seeking to start English-as-a-Second Language teaching anywhere in the world should seek a CELTA certificate. This credential is suitable for people who are looking for a new career or for those already teaching English without formal qualifications. You do not have to be a native English speaker to enroll in the CELTA course. Demonstrated English proficiency allows you to be considered for admission.

What is the curriculum?

The CELTA program is a 4-week course, with 120 contact hours. There are also an additional 80 learning hours devoted to pre-course preparation and tasks, on course reading and research, assignment writing, lesson preparation and record keeping.

Teaching preparation is included in the curriculum and entails:

Working in small groups with a maximum of five other trainee teachers

Tutor-led instruction on preparing lesson plans

Practice teaching where you will teach a total of six hours of classroom lessons to at least two different levels of language learners


ELS/Seattle is one of just eleven CELTA certificate program locations in the USA, one of four on the West Coast and the only location in the Pacific Northwest – right in the heart of downtown Seattle.

Admission Requirements

20 years of age or older

High school diploma or equivalent

Competency in both written and spoken English

Pass pre-course language evaluation task and a 60-minute interview

Non-native English speakers must submit a TOEFL® score of 79 or IELTSTM band 6.5. These requirements may be waived at the discretion of the CELTA director, based on the candidate’s oral interview.

Student must possess the potential to develop necessary skills to become an effective teacher

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