Professional Certificate in English Language Teaching

Flexible, Customized Professional Development Programs

The Professional Certificate in English Language Teaching (PCELT) is an accredited 120-hour teacher training course designed to meet the growing demand for quality training in English language teaching in the Arab world. Through a partnership between World Learning/SIT Graduate Institute and Amideast, a leader in English language training in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), we were able to combine SIT’s expertise and leadership in the field of teacher education with Amideast’s contextual expertise to create a course that meets the unique needs of English language teaching professionals throughout the MENA region. Through flexible delivery options, adaptable content, and the expertise of local licensed trainers the PCELT course is able to address unique English language teaching needs and contexts — from public to private, urban to rural, traditional to alternative, and resource-rich to resource-poor classrooms.

PCELT is designed for current and aspiring teachers of English who are proficient English speakers but who have little or no teaching background, as well as for experienced teachers who wish to upgrade or update their knowledge and skills based on the latest language teaching methodologies and emerging trends in the field. PCELT-certified teachers gain many rewards, including a competitive edge for career advancement and increased confidence in the classroom.

The PCELT course:

  • takes an approach grounded in experiential learning, critical thinking, reflective practice and a learner-centered pedagogy.
  • provides ample opportunities for individualized attention through a one to twelve trainer/participant ratio.
  • blends theory and practice through hands-on experiential workshops, guided lesson planning, observed practice teaching, and continuous peer and trainer feedback.
  • incorporates workshops on emerging trends and issues of particular relevance to the Arab world, such as the role of English in international communication, social media, economic opportunity, and education reform.

PCELT enrollment is managed directly by local Amideast offices. If you’d like to enroll, please check the country office on Amideast’s webpage for more details. 

“PCELT has given me a more efficient lens and clearer vision of what is going on in my classroom. Now I have learnt to put my students at the heart of the learning process.”

—PCELT course alum

Read about an alum of the program here