Cambridge CELTA Online

Part-Time, Online Course

Our next part-time, Online CELTA Course starts Monday 6 May, 2024.

Applications close Friday, 12 April.

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The South Australian College of English (SACE) has conducted University of Cambridge CELTA courses since 1992.

Cambridge CELTA Online is a 10 or 12 week part-time TESOL course that is delivered 100% online and combines self-guided study and real-time teaching practice coordinated by your tutor.

Input sessions, where you get both practical and theoretical teaching knowledge, are delivered online with tutor support through the learning platform Moodle.

Lesson planning and teaching practice is delivered through Zoom and guided by your course tutor.

The course follows the same syllabus and leads to the same internationally recognised certificate as the face-to-face CELTA course.

The Cambridge CELTA is the best known TEFL / TESL / TEFOL / TESOL / ELT qualification of its kind in the world, and is often requested by employers nationally and internationally.

What is CELTA?

The Cambridge CELTA is an international TEFL / TESL / TEFOL / TESOL / ELT training certificate course. Over 9,000 people a year participate in CELTA courses in approved centres in countries all over the world. All the successful participants receive a certificate from Cambridge University.

CELTA is the most widely recognised English teaching qualification in the world and is the qualification most often requested by employers.

Whether you’re a new teacher looking for their first teaching job, or you want to prove to employers that you have the teaching skills with a recognised certificate, CELTA is the qualification you need.

Enrolment & Selection

Selection of candidates is based on an application task and a pre-course interview over Zoom or Skype. If applicants have been successful, they will receive an offer of a place to their email.

Candidates are also required to complete a compulsory pre-course learning task and:

  • To be 18 years old by the commencement date of the course.
  • To have a good standard of education – the minimum requirement is university entry. (Preference will be given to applicants with a degree.)
  • To undertake to attend all sessions of the course at the prescribed times. (UCLES regulations prohibit the awarding of certificates in cases of unsatisfactory attendance.)
  • Non-native speakers require an English Proficiency level of IELTS 7.5.

Please note: Fulfilling entry requirements does not automatically guarantee a place.

Course Features

  • Every centre must undergo an annual inspection to be registered to run courses.
  • An outside assessor inducted and approved by Cambridge assesses every course run by a centre.
  • Courses provide expert instruction in methodology and language analysis by Cambridge approved trainers.
  • A minimum of 120 contact hours and an additional 80 hours for home study.
  • A minimum of 2 trainers per course and a maximum of 1 trainer per 6 candidates.
  • Candidates are involved in sixty hours of practice teaching which includes planning, implementation, observation of peers and experienced teachers, reflection on their teaching practice and feedback from trainers.
  • 6 hours of individual observed and assessed teaching practice, conducted online using Zoom in classes with non-native speaking students, is included in every course.
  • A minimum of 6 hours observing experienced classroom teachers online.
  • Training is provided based on the best of current teaching practice and constantly updated. The approach can be adapted to cater to the needs of students in a variety of contexts and can also be adapted for children and teenagers.
  • Only people who meet the performance criteria are issued a certificate.

Recognition & Regard

Due to the rigorous annual approval process and constant moderation of courses the CELTA is highly regarded worldwide; Cambridge University being well known throughout the world.

The CELTA is recognised by:

  • TEFL / TESL / TEFOL / TESOL / ELT (English language teaching) employers around the world
  • English Language Colleges in Australia,
  • many ministries of education
  • government bodies such as the British Council
  • TESOL, IATEFL, EA and other major professional organisations.

It is also well regarded by organisations such as JET, and Volunteers Abroad.

Recognition & Credit


CELTA is given credit points for courses at a number of Australian universities.

South Australia Tasmania New South Wales
Flinders University University of Tasmania University of New South Wales
University of Adelaide University of Wollongong
University of Technology Sydney
Victoria Australian Capital Territory Western Australia
La Trobe University University of Canberra Curtin University of Technology