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Qualify for an exciting new career teaching English overseas in just four weeks

Face-to-face CELTA courses in Colchester

You could be taking the first steps to an exciting new career as an English teacher abroad. A CELTA course will prepare you for a professional career teaching English, whether in Japan, Peru, Qatar or Spain. After a four-week course, you could be living a completely different life abroad, supporting yourself with a new career. 

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  • CELTA is the gold standard of English teaching qualifications, and is accredited by Cambridge.

  • It is the most recognised English teaching qualification in the world. Research by Cambridge Assessment shows that three quarter of international English teaching jobs advertised require a CELTA qualification. 

  • CELTA is practical course, with a focus on real teaching practice with real students, equipping you with the practical skills you'll need to teach English abroad.

  • You can qualify fast - a full-time course takes just four weeks and a part-time one takes twelve weeks.

  • You can be confident walking into a classroom because of the practical teaching experience you get during the course.

  • You will benefit from the support we provide after the course in finding a job and moving overseas.

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CELTA in Colchester

DC Teacher Training's newest centre is in Colchester, where we have partnered with the excellent ILC language school to deliver the only Cambridge-approved CELTA courses in all of Essex. CELTA courses in Colchester will run on a full-time basis, Monday to Friday, allowing you to gain an internationally-recognised teaching qualification in just four weeks. 

Dates and fees

face-to-face courses

4 weeks

Monday to Friday

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

£1450 (early bird price £1350*)​

  • 9 September - 4 October 2024

*The early bird price applies to candidates who pay in full 21 days before the course begins

Is CELTA for me?

CELTA is for you if you love discovering new cultures, languages and places and you feel like life should offer more than just a predictable 9-5 job in a sleepy office. it's for you if you're the kind of person who aspires to an exciting career and you want to have authentic experiences meeting new people in interesting places, while supporting yourself with a sustainable career.

A typical day on a full-time face-to-face CELTA

8:30 am - 9:45 am - Input session 1 (learning about teaching theories and techniques)

10:00 am - 11:15 pm - Input session 2 (learning about teaching theories and techniques)

11:30 pm - 12:30 pm - Assisted Lesson Planning (planning for the following day's teaching)

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Teaching Practice

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm - Feedback on Teaching Practice

Coursework - background reading, assignment writing, lesson planning - in your own time

  • How long does CELTA take?
    We run full-time CELTA courses over 4 weeks. These courses run Monday to Friday and are usually 35 hours per week. Full-time courses can be taken online or face-to-face. We also run part-time face-to-face courses that run for 10 hours a week over 12 weeks. There are also part-time online CELTA courses which last 13 weeks. These courses include more self-study hours than other CELTA course types. You’ll be required to be online 1 day per week for 5 hours.
  • How much does CELTA cost?
    At DC Teacher Training an online CELTA course costs £1350 and a face-to-face CELTA costs £1450. We also offer and Early Bird discount of £100 for candidates who pay for their course in full 3 weeks before the course start date, meaning online courses could cost as little as £1250 and face-to-face courses £1350.
  • What is the difference between CELTA and TEFL?
    TEFL literally means Teaching English as a Foreign Language and is an umbrella term for any course that focuses on teaching English abroad. CELTA is one of many different TEFL courses available on the market. What sets CELTA apart form the other courses is the accreditation from Cambridge University which is often seen by employers are superior to generic TEFL courses. All CELTA courses include 6 hours’ worth of teaching practice sessions with real students, that is assessed by experienced and accredited course tutors, while most generic TEFL courses don’t have any teaching practice at all.
  • Does it matter where I get my CELTA?
    It’s important that the centre you decide to take your CELTA course with is an approved Cambridge provider. Cambridge list all of their approved centres on their website. All approved CELTA centres will follow a standardised syllabus approved by Cambridge University and you’ll be taught by trainers who are all accredited by Cambridge. DC Teacher Training’s CELTA courses are delivered by very experienced trainers who all consistently get good feedback from trainees at the end of their courses.
  • How long is CELTA valid?
    A CELTA is a lifelong certificate. Once you pass a CELTA course, you do not need to take any refresher courses – you are a qualified English teacher for life.
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