I am looking to move back to Italy (Sicily). I was born and raised there so my Italian is excellent. I have a TESOL degree from New York, and I am licensed to teach ESL in the public schools from grades K to 12. Does a TESOL degree hold a higher value than a CELTA certificate? Obviously it is a degree, wtih much more coursework and practice. My question is, how is it viewed from public and private English schools in Italy?
23 April, 2012 at 15:28
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Reply To: M.A. in TESOL from U.S.
In my experience an MA in TESOL and a CELTA hold, on the average, roughly equivalent weight, but it very much depends on the school. There are schools who have a preference for one or the other (I’m speaking in general, not about Italy in particular).
I’ve encountered some schools who accept an MA in TESOL but not a CELTA, but I think it’s rare to find the opposite (accepting a CELTA but not an MA in TESOL).
Hope that helps? – Sorry I can’t be more specific for Italy.