Programme overview

Do you want a career in language teaching? Learning to teach English could open up exciting career opportunities for you, in New Zealand or around the world. The Certificate in Language Teaching gives you the skills to become an effective language teacher. This programme is ideal for those who are new to teaching languages, as well as those who have some teaching experience. You'll improve your understanding of language and how to teach a language, and learn more about various teaching contexts.


You can complete the internationally recognised Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) either as part of the CLT programme, or as a standalone 30 credit course. All CELTA candidates will need to meet all CELTA entry and assessment criteria, and pay an additional $600 administration fee.

  • Students enrolled in the 45 credit Certificate in Language Teaching may be eligible for a student loan and student allowance from StudyLink. Student loans and allowances are not available for the 30 credit CELTA standalone.
  • The domestic fee for CELTA standalone is $2088.60 which includes a $600 administration fee. Please enquire for the international fee. 


  • Applicable to any language: while the focus of the programme is on teaching English, the skills you'll learn can be transferred to the teaching of any language.
  • Emphasis on teaching practice: take part in team teaching sessions with adult language students for a total of six hours, with feedback from lecturers. You'll also need to make time for class observations, lesson preparation and assignment work.
  • A chance to observe experienced language teachers "in action" in the classroom for a total of six hours.

Information evening, 5.30 - 7pm, Wednesday 9 November 2016

  • Learn what language teachers do and where they work
  • Find out about the structure and expectations of the Certificate in Language Teaching / CELTA
  • Meet course tutors
  • Experience typical language learning activities
  • Have an opportunity to ask questions

Room 1013, Building 170, Gate 3.

Find out more about the information evening.

To RSVP please email

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the general, or the discretionary, or the special admission requirements and they must also meet any programme-specific admission requirements. Applicants must also meet the English language requirements and may be interviewed.

Generic Admission Requirements

General Admission

All applicants must be at least 16 years of age on the date of the programme’s commencement for the semester in which they wish to enrol (or provide a completed Early Release Exemption form).

For Level 5 Certificate programmes applicants must have a total of at least 48 NCEA credits at level 2 in best 4 subjects, OR a maximum total of 20 in best 4 Sixth Form Certificate subjects, OR Unitec Certificate in Foundation Studies: Whitinga (Level 3) in a relevant pathway OR equivalent.

Special Admission

Applicants must have:

  1. attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the Certificate is to commence; and
  2. provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the qualification.

Discretionary Admission

In exceptional cases an applicant who does not meet the general admission requirements and who has not reached the age of 20 on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the Certificate is to commence may apply for discretionary admission.

In assessing whether to grant discretionary admission in exceptional cases, the primary focus will be on the applicant’s level of preparedness for study at the required level.

English Language Admission Requirements

The English language entry admission requirements set out in the Certificate Generic Regulations do not apply to this programme. Please see the English language entry admission requirements described in the "PROGRAMME SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS" section on this page.

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this programme, applicants must also meet the requirements set out in this schedule.

Specific Admission

To be admitted to this programme, all applicants must meet the following requirements in addition to the requirements set out in the Certificate Generic Regulations:

  1. All applicants must be aged 16 or over on the first day of semester in which study in the programme is to begin; and
  2. Have a minimum total of 60 NCEA credits in his/her best four subjects at Level 2, or a maximum total of 16 in New Zealand Sixth Form Certificate in his/her best four subjects , or equivalent, or
  3. Have an appropriate qualification at Level 3 or above ; and
  4. Have knowledge or experience of teaching and a second language
  5. Demonstrate awareness of language through a pre-interview language awareness task and an interview.

The English Language Entry Admission requirements set out in the Certificate Generic Regulations do not apply to this programme. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have a minimum of 8 NCEA credits in English at Level 2, of which 4 must be in Reading and 4 in Writing, or equivalent, or
  2. Have a minimum of 7 NCEA credits in an English-rich subject at Level 3, or
  3. Have a grade of 5 or better in New Zealand Sixth Form Certificate in an English-rich subject, or
  4. Have at least 40% in University Bursary in an English-rich subject, or
  5. Have the Graduate Certificate in English as an Additional Language, or
  6. Have an overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of no less than 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in writing),
  7. Have a TOEFL score of no less than 575 (230 in computer-based test and 6 in TWE), or equivalent.

Courses and timetables

Please check back in December for timetable information for 2017.

Language Teaching Practice (EAPL5501) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable language teacher student teachers to apply their learning in a real teaching/learning context.
Language Teaching and Learning (EAPL5502) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable language teacher student teachers to acquire essential subject knowledge and familiarity with the principles of effective teaching.
Teaching and Learning Contexts (EAPL5503) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop a theoretical and practice understanding of a variety of contexts in which languages are taught and learned, and the implications of these for teaching. To prepare students for teaching language in a specific context.