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English Language Teacher Qualifications:

Initial and Preparatory ELT Qualification Awards:
Recognised Awards, 2012

Initial ELT qualifications refer to any initial, generally pre-service, TEFL / TESOL / ELT (or other) qualification which awards the successful trainee with a certificate (or equivalent) enfranchising the trainee to engage in English language teaching.

The ACELS regulations for organisations applying for recognition for the teaching of English language to foreign students (please see Regulations 2012-13, Annex 3) require all teacher trainees to undertake ACELS ELT certificate courses* from 1st January 2005 in order to be enfranchised to work in the quality recognised sector in Ireland (see List of Recognised ELT Organisations, 2012). Please note that if you need to check the status of your academic qualifications, you should log onto and follow the instructions.

* For other courses accepted for employment purposes, please refer to the final section on the ELT web page titled ELT Certificate Requirement for Employment

Since January 1st 2005, there have been two ACELS certificates for initial ELT qualifications offered by recognised course providers in Ireland.
From January 2010, CELT courses will be available in teacher training centres abroad, offered by recognised course providers (please see International section of list of Initial ELT Qualification Course Providers).

  1. Certificate in English Language Teaching (CELT): All successful trainees who are awarded this certificate are eligible to work in all Department of Education & Science recognised English language (ELT) schools in Ireland. Click here for information
  2. Preparatory ELT Qualification: Certificate for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language to Secondary Level Students (awarded to State Qualified Teachers). This course is open to state-qualified teachers (and those in their final year of training). All successful trainees who are awarded this certificate are eligible to work in the Junior ELT sector in all ACELS recognised schools in Ireland. Click here for information

IMPORTANT FOR TRAINEES (posted 06/07/07): CELT replaces the Initial TEFL Certificate of September 1st, 2007. This change constitutes an upgrading of the certificate course, the main difference being:

  • - minimum of 120 hours input
  • - a minimum of 100 hours input
  • - a minimum of 360 minutes (6 hours) teaching practice

Please note that the CELT is accepted for employment in other jurisdictions, e.g., accredited schools in the UK and Australia.

All holders of the ACELS Initial TEFL Certificate (gained between Jan 1st 2005 and Sept. 1st 2007 remain enfranchised for employment in the ACELS recognised English language teaching sector in Ireland as well as elsewhere.

In order to gain recognition, course providers are required to comply with the minimum Key Standards and Guidelines (Initial TEFL Qualifications Awards: CELT Key Standards and Guidelines and Annex 1 (Common Assessment Framework).

Please find below the 2012 list of course providers offering recognised Initial ELT Qualification Awards. You can find more information on the recognised courses by logging onto the websites as given below. Please note that this list should be checked regularly as there will be additional award bodies added to the list as they are conferred with recognition



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Preparatory ELT Qualification: Certificate in English Language Teaching to Secondary Level Students (awarded to State Qualified Teachers)

In order to gain recognition course providers are required to comply with the minimum Key Standards and Guidelines (Certificate for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language to Secondary Level Students (State Qualified Teachers): Click here to download as a Word document)

One section of the recognised Preparatory Certificate requires the teacher to do her/his Supervised Teaching Component (STC) in their first post in an Irish Dept. of Education & Science recognised school or Irish state school. Please note that the STC is required before the teacher can be fully certified for working in the recognised Junior EFL sector in Ireland, and that it needs to be done within a maximum of 3 years of completing the first part of the course with the recognised course provider. The STC involves one observed lesson overseen by a supervisor (often the Director of Studies or school teacher trainer). Please find the STC Report Pro Forma and the Notes for the Supervisor of the STC here available for downloading. If a course participant or school requires more information on this component, please contact the course provider or ACELS directly.

Please find below the 2012 list of course providers offering recognised Preparatory TEFL Qualification Awards. You can find more information on the recognised courses by logging onto the websites as given below. Please note that this list should be checked regularly as there will be additional award bodies added to the list as they are conferred with recognition



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recognition scheme is open to English language teacher training courses in Ireland and abroad. If you are interested in finding out more information:

Quality and Qualifications Ireland - Accreditation and Coordination of English Language Services, 5th Floor, Jervis House, Jervis Street, Dublin 1

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TEACHING IN THE RECOGNISED SECTOR IN IRELAND

For the purposes of employment in the recognised ELT sector in Ireland, all academic staff need to hold

  1. a Level 7 qualification, normally an Ordinary Bachelor degree
  2. An ELT certificate from one of the following categories:

1.1
ELT programmes leading to an ACELS recognised ELT Certificate.

Notes:
a) the list of recognised Initial ELT certificate providers can be found on the ACELS website at www.acels.ie/acelselt.html.
b) This requirement (see Regulation 4k) applies to applicants who have done TEFL courses post January 1st 2005. Qualifications required by regulations prior to January 1st 2005 continue to apply to those teachers qualified at that time.

1.2
ELT programmes of a minimum 115 hours duration leading to awards which are validated or accredited by a national awarding body, the Dublin Institute of Technology, Institutes of Technology which have delagated authority to make their own awards, the National University of Ireland and universities recognised under the Universities Act 1997.

Notes:
c) the list of these awards can be found below.
Cambridge ESOL CELTA
Trinity College London CertTESOL

Holders of other awards that are demonstrated to meet the Key Standards set out on www.acels.ie are required to present copies of certificates and transcripts to ACELS. Applicants will receive either a standard letter signed by the Chief Executive confirming that their award meets requirements and they are eligible to teach in the recognised sector in Ireland, or informing them that their award is not acceptable and does not enfranchise them for employment in the recognised sector in Ireland.

2.0 Teaching ELT in the junior sector (state-qualified teachers)

2.1
Any of the above (Section 1).

2.2
ELT programmes leading to an ACELS Preparatory Certificate for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (awarded to state-qualified teachers).

Notes:
e) the list of recognised Preparatory TEFL certificate providers can be found on the ACELS website at www.acels.ie/acelselt.html.
f) this requirement applies to teachers who have started working in this sector post January 1st 2005. Qualifications required by regulations prior to January 1st 2005 continue to apply to those teachers qualified at that time.

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