A few years back, I did the part-time CELTA course in Seoul at the British Council. I had to wake up ridiculously early 3 times a week to take the KTX from Cheonan.
It was pretty terrible, but I was so happy to have that piece of paper when I was done. It’s by far the best thing I ever did to level-up my classroom teaching skills.
I blogged about it while I was doing it and since then, I’ve gotten a ton of emails from people asking if it’s possible to do the CELTA in Korea. The short answer = yes.
The CELTA at the British Council
The latest intel is that the British Council seems to no longer be offering the course. According to their website, the last time they ran a CELTA course was in May of 2014.
This is unfortunate because I had a great experience doing it with them.
The CELTA at IGSE
The latest intel from the trenches here in Korea is that IGSE (International Graduate School of English) is the only place where it’s possible to do the CELTA in Korea.
According to their website, they’re running an intensive, one-month course in January 2016 for around 2.35 million Won.
The main problem with this is that most people get a month off! Unless they have a sweet uni gig.
What about doing the Celta Online?
Although parts of the CELTA are possible to do online, in-person supervised teaching practice and lesson planning is still required, which will be impossible to do in Korea. So, forget this option!
It is however possible to something like this TESOL certification completely online. They are one of the more legit ones out there and offer 60-120 hour online courses or up to 250 hour in person ones.
Will the Celta Help you Get a University Job in Korea?
Watch the video for the detailed information. However, in general, most employers don’t really even know what the CELTA is (unfortunately). That said, it will certainly help you become a better teacher, and it may bump you up on the pay scale in a public school for example. For these things alone, it may be worth it.
In addition, if you plan to work as an English teacher outside of Korea, it’s certainly a good thing to have on your resume. It’s kind of like the gold standard in fact and is often a pre-requisite for some of the best jobs in the ESL teaching world. Why not do it in Korea if you have the time?
How about the Celta in Thailand or Vietnam?
Although there a lot of places to do the CELTA in South-East Asia, two of the biggest providers are International House Bangkok and ILA Vietnam. They both have a large number of courses for almost any possible date you’d like to take them.
All the courses in SE Asia are under $2000, so even after paying for airfare and accommodation, it might be cheaper than doing it in Korea. This is especially true if you’re commuting via the KTX like I did.
What about the Delta in South Korea?
If you’re looking for details about doing the next level course, the Delta, you’ll need to check this out:
What do you Think?
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