Teaching in NEAS endorsed ELT Centres
Teachers in NEAS endorsed ELT Centres are required to hold at least the following qualifications:
- a recognised degree or equivalent and
- a recognised TESOL qualification; or
- a recognised degree in education with TESOL method
It is the responsibility of the employing organisation to verify qualifications and to check these against the applicable criteria. If in doubt, you are welcome to contact NEAS for advice.
NOTES: The detailed information necessary for assessing qualifications can normally be found in program transcripts from universities. Teachers holding a degree or equivalent from overseas institutions should contact the relevant State or Territory education authority or Department of Education and Training to confirm local equivalence. For the purposes of the above requirements, NEAS affirms that:
1. A degree or equivalent is at least three years full-time (or its part-time equivalent) in length.
2. A TESOL qualification results from a program of study having all of the following characteristics:
- no less than 100 contact hours, or the equivalent in Distance Education programs, with a content focus on English language, language learning and TESOL teaching
- a practical component including at least six hours practice teaching in TESOL, supervised and assessed by a teacher who is qualified as per these requirements
- is a recognised qualification delivered by an education provider registered with government as being eligible to deliver nationally recognised qualifications
- A teaching qualification with TESOL method includes a Graduate Diploma in Education with TESOL.
- A degree in education or teaching with TESOL method includes a Bachelor of Education with TESOL method.
Please refer to the Australian Qualifications Framework website for more information on qualification levels.
What to look for in a TESOL course
Before enrolling in a TESOL course, check that it meets NEAS requirements. It helps to make sure you will have the option of working in NEAS endorsed ELT centres once you complete the course, by confirming your course meets NEAS requirements BEFORE you enrol.
If in doubt, check details with the provider before enrolling. You can also call NEAS for advice.
- Does the course include at least 100 face-to-face contact hours, or the equivalent in online or distance modes?
- Ask if it is TESOL focused. For instance, the inclusion of a single TESOL unit in a general qualification does not make it a TESOL qualification.
- Does it include at least six hours actual teaching practice, as distinct from “practical experience” in which you observe other teachers?
- Is the teaching practice supervised and assessed by a qualified teacher in a classroom setting?
- Is the teaching practice face-to-face with learners of English? For instance, activities such as “peer” teaching of fellow students or Skype instruction are not sufficient.
- An Australian TESOL qualification must be a Certificate IV or above on the Australian Qualifications Framework. NEAS recognises courses such as CELTA and Trinity Cert TESOL under equivalency and recognition arrangements between national qualification frameworks.
- Are the qualification and the education provider government registered?
- Check the provider’s website to see if the qualification has state and/or national government recognition in that country – as distinct from recognition by a professional or other organisation.
- Australia – Look for the Australian Qualifications Framework and Nationally Recognised Training
- UK – Check whether the qualification is listed on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications.
- NEAS does not recognise the term “internationally recognised”.