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.

CELTA

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. 

Highlights

  • 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.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A total of 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 from four different subjects including a minimum of 8 credits in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing)
2. Have knowledge or experience teaching and a second language
3. Be at least 16 years old by the time the programme begins
4. Attend an interview – you’ll be required to demonstrate awareness of language through a pre-interview awareness task
5. Candidates who have English as a second language must have achieved one or more of the following:

  • An overall IELTS band score (Academic) of no less than 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in writing)
  • Have a TOEFL score of no less than 575 (230 in computer-based test and 6 in TWE), or equivalent

Don’t have NCEA? We also accept:

  • A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; or
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

CoursesCreditsAim
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.
Language Teaching Practice (C) (EAPL5504) 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 (C) (EAPL5505) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable language teacher student teachers to acquire essential subject knowledge and familiarity with the principles of effective teaching.