At MTA we get a lot of enquiries about whether it's better to do the CELTA at a university. The answer to this question is no. Of course university language centres run good CELTA courses, but not necessarily better then small language schools. The CELTA certificate is provided by Cambridge University in the UK, and Cambridge is the university mentioned on the certificate you receive when you qualify. The centre where the CELTA is undertaken is not mentioned on the certificate, so it technically it shouldn't matter where you do the course, as each course is monitored and standardised by Cambridge University.
When choosing a CELTA course I would recommend the following:
- find a course that is within easy travelling distance from your home
- find a course with tutors who have a lot of international experience
- see how you feel about the tutors and the course during the interview; don't be afraid to ask questions about anything! Nothing is too silly- we've heard it all!
- find a course where you know you will get the attention, support and understanding you need
Well, that's my basic checklist. Obviously we at MTA believe our course to be more competitive than others because we, the directors, are the tutors on the course. In other words, we really care about the quality of our courses and about your happiness