For years, people on TEFL forums have said that CELTA is better than any online TESL course because it has a classroom component.
When the arguments that the Theory and Methodology of TESOL could be learned equally or better online and that a 20-hour Practicum could take place anywhere in the world were presented, CELTA advocates could not explain why they continued to defend the $2,400 on-site program.
Now that CELTA launched CELTA Online, how is it justified to spend over $2000 on an online 120-hour TESOL course? There are many alternatives to CELTA that are well recognized worldwide.
Equivalent to CELTA
Trinity CertTESOL and TESL Canada Professional Standard 1 are equivalent qualifications that consist of advanced 120-hour TESOL courses and a Practicum module.
Better than CELTA
OnTESOL’s 250-hour TESOL Diploma provides more training in the Theory and Methodology of TESOL than a CELTA course or any 4-week program (TESOL Diploma syllabus).
The TESOL Diploma is recognized by TESL Canada at their Professional Standard 2 upon completion of a 20-hour Practicum.
You can take a quality TESOL course from anywhere in the world and study at your own pace. Take your time to create professional lesson plans, understand the feedback from your personal tutor, and ask questions.
If you would like to gain supervised teaching experience or qualify for TESL Canada accreditation, you can take the Practicum at an ESL school, volunteer center that offers ESL classes, or TESOL institute.
Teach English in Canada or qualify for top ELT positions worldwide with an advanced TESOL Diploma!
Entry-Level courses – CELTA Preparation
Most online TESOL courses are entry-level programs under $300. They consist of 40- to 140-hour programs that provide basic TESOL training.
Although it’s not necessary to take an entry-level course before pursuing TESL Canada, Trinity CertTESOL, or CELTA certification, many people choose these shorter versions to start their ELT career. You can easily get an entry-level job in East Asia, Latin America, and parts of Europe with a 100-hour TESOL certificate.
Quality varies a lot among course providers and some institutes have a very bad reputation. To find a quality entry-level course check the course syllabus (Are grammar and phonology included?
Do you get to practice lesson planning?), check if the institute offers advanced TESOL courses, and check how long the institute has been established. The minimum required standard is 100 hours in most countries.