Advanced Online TESOL with Practicum

Academically Equivalent to CELTA Certification

Get Quality TESOL Training for Less!

OnTESOL offers online TESOL / TEFL certification courses equivalent to CELTA. Teaching advanced lesson planning skills is at the core of our courses. Learn to teach English using the Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) method. All our courses include professional tutor support and free job assistance.

What is CELTA Certification?

The CELTA certification course developed by University of Cambridge was one of the first TESOL / TEFL courses for training and certifying English language teachers (The other one was Trinity CertTESOL). The UK-based CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL courses set the industry standards at a minimum of 120 hours with supervised teaching practice between 6 and 10 hours.

On average, the 4-week CELTA course costs $2,500.

Today, there are many programs and accrediting organizations that are equivalent to CELTA.  One example is TESL Canada, which was founded in the late 1990’s to accredit courses offered by Canadian universities and teacher training institutes at different levels. TESL Canada recognizes a wide range of courses, from the standard 120-hour program to Master degree programs in TESOL or Applied Linguistics.

CELTA Certificate

How is OnTESOL Academically Equivalent to CELTA?

OnTESOL offers advanced online TESOL courses similar to a CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL certification program. There are a few differences in the assessment criteria and Practicum that make OnTESOL a great online alternative to the 4-week CELTA course.

OnTESOL Graduates Acquire Stronger Lesson Planning Skills:

In the online CELTA course, trainees complete lesson plan assignments as preparation for the 6-hour Teaching Practice module. However, the assignments in the online program consist purely of reflection essays.

In the 120-hour and 250-hour online TESOL courses offered by OnTESOL, trainees complete between 3 and 7 Lab Assignments to develop detailed lesson plans covering various formats and approaches.

Those who only complete the online portion of the OnTESOL course graduate with the lesson planning skills they need to succeed in their TESOL / TEFL career. Those who complete the separate 20-hour or 50-hour Practicum to qualify for TESL Canada certification, get the opportunity to write more lesson plans and polish their skills with feedback from a qualified supervisor and OnTESOL’s Director of Studies. 

OnTESOL Graduates Get More Teaching Practice Hours:

Putting the CLT lesson plans into practice and receiving feedback from a qualified supervising teacher is what makes the Practicum module a very important portion of a quality TESOL course. Some online courses with blended options offer a 2-day “workshop” style of Practicum with peer trainees and basic coverage of lesson planning. As with CELTA, the Practicum for TESL Canada certification has to be completed in a real classroom situation and the trainee is responsible for planning and delivering the full lesson.

The Teaching Practice component of a CELTA course is 6 hours. The Practicum module is optional and separate for OnTESOL graduates who want to gain supervised teaching experience and qualify for TESL Canada accreditation. The 20-hour Practicum for 120-hour TESOL graduates includes 10 hours of Class Observation and 10 hours of Teaching Practice. The 50-hour Practicum for 250-hour TESOL graduates includes 30 hours of Class Observation and 20 hours of Teaching Practice. 

How Does OnTESOL Compare with CELTA?

1) Equivalent to CELTA – Only CA$650 / US$540

The Advanced 120-hour TESOL Certificate course offered by OnTESOL is perfect for those who want to teach English abroad, online, or at English immersion programs in North America. The 3 Lab Assignments will prepare you for using standard CLT formats in the adult ESL classroom. Candidates can also choose from four different 20-hour specialists to learn to adapt standard CLT lesson plan formats to K-12, Business English, IELTS, and online ESL lessons. The 120-hour TESOL course is recognized by TESL Canada for their Professional Standard 1 accreditation and is based on the Trinity CertTESOL-approved syllabus developed by Coventry House International for the in-class TESOL course in Toronto.

2) More Comprehensive than CELTA – Only CA$995 / US$795

The 250-hour TESOL Diploma course is perfect for experienced ESL teachers who want to go deeper on TESOL methodology and get more value than a standard 4-week CELTA certification course. The 7 Lab Assignments provide a solid foundation on the application of CLT lesson planning formats for planning curriculum at different ESL levels. Many TESOL Diploma graduates are now working as school directors and IELTS examiners thanks to the skills that they acquired with this program. Get better training and qualify for career advancement opportunities with the advanced TESOL Diploma. This program is recognized by TESL Canada for their Professional Standard 2 certification.

3) A Wide Selection of TEFL Specialists!

OnTESOL offers a wide selection of TEFL specialist courses. Add a 20-hour Teaching English to Young Learners, Teaching Business English, Teaching English Online, or Teaching IELTS specialist course when you register with OnTESOL and save CA$199 / US$140 on each specialist course.