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What is CELTA?

Quite simply, the CELTA - Certification in English Language Teaching to Adults, is The CELTA training qualification offered by IH San Diego is accredited by Cambridge ESOL and thus opens doors to quality language teaching positions around the world.

While this is an introductory course initially designed for people with little-to-no English language teaching experience, it is also beneficial for experienced teachers who do not hold a language teaching certification. Additionally, non-native English speakers* may enroll to advance their language skills, build self-confidence and develop as teacher.

Refer to ‘terms and conditions’ for English proficiency qualifications for non-native applicants.

COVID-19 Advisory:

Effective April 12, IH Career College has moved its CELTA courses to a fully online environment. Based on current guidance from Cambridge Assessment English, all CELTA courses for 2020 will be provided in a fully online format.


To better meet the requirements of providing the CELTA fully online we have expanded the regular intensive course from 4 to 6 weeks. We are also offering a part-time course from September through November over 12 weeks.

CELTA Program

Students enrolled in the CELTA course learn the systematic teaching methods of English accredited by the University of Cambridge. The course syllabus consists of five broad topic modules including:

  • 1) the learning and teaching in the classroom context
  • 2) language analysis and awareness;
  • 3) language skills (reading, listening, speaking and writing);
  • 4) planning and resources for different teaching contexts; and
  • 5) developing teaching skills and professionalism.

Finally, this course includes simulated lessons where students facilitate classes based on the contents learned in the course.

  • Note: if the number of applicants does not reach the minimum number of participants, the course may be canceled.
Terms and conditions IH level 6 : CEFR C1/C2 level (TOEFL-iBT 110-120)
2021 Full-time Online Courses Dates March 01 - April 09, April 19 - May 28, June 07 - July 16
2021 Part-time Online Course Dates February 1 - May 07, April 05 - July 09
2021 Full-time in Person Courses Dates September 06 - October 01, October 04 - October 29