Advanced Online TESOL with Practicum Equivalent to CELTA Certification

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OnTESOL is the only online institute that offers courses equivalent to CELTA. All our programs are advanced and lesson planning is at the core of our curriculum. Get professional training and learn to teach English using the Communicative Language Teaching 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 that was created to train English language teachers (The other one was Trinity CertTESOL). As a result, the UK-based CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL courses set the industry standards at a minimum of 120 hours with supervised teaching practice. On average, the 4-week CELTA course costs $2,400.

Today, there are many programs and accrediting organizations that are equivalent to CELTA.  One great example is TESL Canada, which was launched in the 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 a full Masters degree in TESOL or Applied Linguistics.

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How is OnTESOL Academically Equivalent to CELTA?

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

OnTESOL Graduates Acquire Stronger Lesson Planning Skills:

In the online CELTA course, trainees complete lesson-planning 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 get to do 3 to 7 lesson plans covering various formats and approaches prior to the Practicum module. Those who complete the 20-hour or 50-hour Practicum for the respective TESOL course, get to do more lesson plans in the practicum and polish their skills with feedback from a qualified supervisor and OnTESOL’s Director of Studies. 

The Practicum with OnTESOL is optional because an online TESOL certificate is sufficient for all online teaching jobs and 80% of teaching abroad jobs. Those who do not complete the Practicum after the online portion of the OnTESOL course, graduate with the lesson planning skills they need to succeed on the job.

OnTESOL Graduates Get More Teaching Practice Hours:

As with CELTA, the Practicum with OnTESOL has to be completed in a real classroom situation and the trainee is responsible for both planning and delivery of the lesson. Putting the lesson plans to practice and receiving feedback from a qualified supervising teacher is what makes the Practicum module a very important portion of a quality TESOL course.  Other online TESOL or TEFL institutes that offer blended options usually provide a 2-day “workshop” style of Practicum with peer trainees and basic lesson planning.

Teaching Practice with an online or in-class CELTA course is 6 hours. With OnTESOL, 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 $650!

OnTESOL offers an advanced 120-hour TESOL certificate course, which is recognized by TESL Canada for their Professional Standard 1 accreditation and uses the Trinity CertTESOL syllabus delivered by Coventry House International in Toronto. The program is fully online and graduates have the option of completing a separate Practicum module to obtain supervised teaching experience.

2) Better Than CELTA! – Only $995

School directors worldwide recommend the 250-hour TESOL Diploma program offered by OnTESOL because it provides the best training for teachers to collaborate with curriculum development tasks. 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 the best paid teaching jobs in the world 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, or Teaching IELTS specialist to your TESOL / TEFL certification!