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CELTA courses at IH Riviera Maya

About the course

CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is the best known teacher training course for English language teachers in the world.

The CELTA course provides initial training leading to a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, probably the best choice available for an initial ELT (or TEFL/TESOL) qualification. It is intended for those with little or no previous English Language teaching experience and for teachers with some experience but little previous training.

Completing the course successfully will enable you to obtain your first teaching position: the course is highly regarded by employers as providing sound initial training and a strong basis from which you can develop further as a teacher of English.

Contact us at studyspanish@ihmexico.com for further information.

Assessment and certificates

Trainees are continuously assessed in all the syllabus areas, including written assignments, and with particular emphasis on their teaching ability.

At the end of the course successful candidates receive the Cambridge Certificate and a Progress Report.

Celta Course 2020

Date Location Course

May 18th, 2020 - August 7th, 2020

 Riviera Maya  CELTA 100% Online (Part Time)

June 1st, 2020 - August 21st, 2020

 Riviera Maya  CELTA 100% Online (Part Time)

June 15th, 2020 - September 4th, 2020

 Riviera Maya  CELTA 100% Online (Part time)

June 29th, 2020 - September 18th, 2020

 Riviera Maya  CELTA 100% Online (Part time)
 June 29th, 2020 - August 7th, 2020  Riviera Maya  CELTA 100% Online (Semi Full time)
 July 6th, 2020 - August 14th, 2020  Riviera Maya  CELTA 100% Online (Semi Full time)

July 13th, 2020 - August 21st, 2020

 Riviera Maya  CELTA 100% Online (Semi Full time)

July 27th, 2020 - October 16th, 2020

 Riviera Maya  CELTA 100% Online (Part time)

August 10th, 2020 - October 30th, 2020

 Riviera Maya  CELTA 100% Online (Part time)

August 24th, 2020 - November 13th, 2020

 Riviera Maya  CELTA 100% Online (Part time)

September 7th, 2020 - August 27th, 2020

 Riviera Maya  CELTA 100% Online (Part time)

September 21st, 2020 - December 11th, 2020

 Riviera Maya  CELTA 100% Online (Part time)

October 5th, 2020 - December 18th, 2020

 Riviera Maya  CELTA 100& online (Part time)


Authorised Cambridge English centre

IH Riviera Maya is an Authorised Centre for Cambridge exams and teaching awards


The CELTA course in Playa del Carmen was intense but one of my better life decisions. The school is mega-friendly, the town a paradise for chilling out when work stops
Arturo Miczyk, CELTA course trainee

What your CELTA course involves

Course content

  • Learners and teachers and the teaching and learning context
  • Language analysis and awareness
  • Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Planning and resources
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism
  • Classroom observation
  • Teaching practice

Teaching practice

An integral part of the course, teaching practice is organised in small groups of 5-6 trainees with volunteer students at two or three different levels.

After each teaching practice session an evaluation of the session is led by a course tutor.

You are expected to liaise within your group outside course hours in order to plan teaching practice classes, following guidelines provided by your course tutor/s.

Why take this course?

  • CELTA is probably the most internationally recognised ELT/TESOL certificate in the world
  • Highly qualified, experienced trainers
  • Practical approach to methodology
  • Extensive supervised teaching practice
  • Access to the IH World network of schools
  • Job placement advice
  • Moderated by Cambridge English Language Assessment

Two things that make this an outstanding course

1. Your course tutors

CELTA course

All CELTA courses are run by experienced and talented teacher trainers.

Our CELTA tutors are highly experienced teachers who have also received CELTA Trainer accreditation through the University of Cambridge. They have completed both the CELTA and Delta qualifications and have many years of both teaching and training experience. Some of them have MAs in TESOL, Teacher Education, Applied Linguistics and ELT.

We also have two CELTA Assessors on our team of trainers (Orlando Delgado Mata and Ricardo Fajardo), and one Delta Assessor (Orlando Delgado Mata, our Director of Teacher Training & Development).


2. Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen

There are CELTA centres around the world but not too many where you can chill out at the end of the day in a setting like this one.

A CELTA course involves four quite intense weeks of work. One thing most trainees seem to agree is that, while it's important to be fully committed to your course, it's also necessary to find time to relax...

Which is one reason why Playa del Carmen is a great choice for a CELTA course.

More about Playa

Information about Playa
Arrival information
Practical information


Special offer

Special offer Playa del Carmen CELTA course

All-inclusive package
You'll just need to add your flight (in the US, you will find round-trip flights to Cancun from about $350 USD, from $800 USD in Europe.

What are you waiting for...?


Playa del Carmen is probably the best place on Earth to get your CELTA
User on Dave's ESL Cafe


So do you want to become an English teacher?


We have an application form and pre-interview task which you complete and send to us, followed by an interview, which can be conducted by phone or Skype.

Full application procedure and entrance requirements


Once you've been accepted, payment can be in euros or US dollars, by credit card or bank transfer.

Full payment details

Course fees

  • $1,795 USD, including Cambridge registration fee

Was it worth it?

The CELTA course at IH Riveria Maya was one of the most rewarding things I have done. I went in having no idea how to teach English and came out feeling ready to teach my own class

Selina Padilla, CELTA course trainee

See also

More about CELTA

More information about CELTA

You will find more information on the CELTA qualification on the official Cambridge English CELTA site.

CELTA elsewhere

CELTA in Mexico

You can also take your CELTA course with us in Cuernavaca, Guadalajara and Mexico City.

Full course details

TKT course

TKT course

We also run TKT courses in Playa del Carmen.

TKT (the "Teaching Knowledge Test", that is) offers you an alternative to CELTA.

Spanish courses

Spanish courses in Playa del Carmen

You can also take a Spanish course at IH Riviera Maya.

But if you are going to take a Spanish course, do so before or after your CELTA course, not during!

IH Riviera Maya is accredited by:

Accreditation for our courses