What Is the ICELT?

The In-Service Certificate in English Language Teaching

ITI are offering the ICELT programme for the institutional development and training needs of English language teachers.

It is suitable for:

  • Teachers in their first few years of teaching.

  • Experienced teachers who have no formal EFL training.

  • Teachers qualified in other disciplines who have no formal practical ELT qualifications.

  • Experienced EFL teachers who wish to further develop their pedagogic knowledge and skills.

  • Experienced EFL teachers preparing to complete the Delta.

The ICELT is a teacher development programme and is viewed as a benchmark of professional competence. On completion of the ICELT programme participants receive a certificate accredited by ITI.


The aim is to develop skills in the following areas:

  • Language awareness and language use in the classroom

  • Planning, teaching and evaluation

  • Assessment and evaluation


Candidates must:

  • Be practising teachers who will have had a minimum of at least 500 hours of relevant experience by the end of the course

  • Have a competence in English, both written and spoken, that enables them to follow the course and complete all assessed elements successfully.

  • Be in EFL employment (minimum 12 hours a week) for the duration of the course. Teachers will need permission from their employers to:

  1. release them from their duties to attend sessions.

  2. allow access to their classes for the purposes of observation.


  • The course is part-time and runs for 30 weeks (October – May)

  • The course meets once a week for input sessions (90 minutes). These can be face to face or online.

  • The course consists of the following components:

  1. Input sessions (50 hours).

  2. Peer Observations (8 hours) directed observations of lessons.

  3. Teaching Practice Assignments. Candidates are observed on three occasions.

  4. Written assignments. Candidates complete four classroom related written assignments.

  5. Online tasks: Candidates complete online tasks designed to improve the professional competence of teachers in the classroom.

  • Coursework and teaching are internally assessed.

  • Candidates who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate from ITI.


All applicants will be required to submit a written essay and attend an interview / orientation meeting. The application requirements may appear to be tough, but the course itself is hard work and demanding both intellectually and practically. The ICELT is an in-service training programme that relies heavily on participants’ initiative and reflective skills.