I personally think that the path of the educated EFLer is a bit messy and confusing. Why? For these reasons:
1)Some people aren’t aware of/can’t attend a CELTA course so do unaccredited TEFL courses but when they try to get work find their certificates aren’t recognised and have to retrain.
2)The CELTA course is intensive but relies a lot on ‘learning on the job’ afterwards.
3)The 2 years minimum between CELTA and DELTA is supposed to provide you with enough experience and knowledge to make you ‘DELTA material’ but is this true in all cases?
4)The DELTA is a lot longer than the CELTA and seriously serious, expensive and time-consuming.
5)The MA can now be done as a PGCE/DIP/MA with some places giving you 3 certificates but others only one.Yet, the PGCE isn’t really a PGCE and the Diploma isn’t really the DELTA.
6)Some unis will let you skip 1 module if you have enough teaching experience but others will let you skip the PGCE if you have the DELTA.
7)People are now saying that the DELTA is equivalent to an MA.
8)You need the DELTA (MA is not always seen as equivalent) to work as a senior teacher/ADOS but the MA to work at uni or sometimes you need both.
My main issue is that the DELTA is not an MA but there is a lot of similarity on the courses so here are my ideas on how to simplify things:
1)Combine the CELTA with some DELTA EP and basic linguistics/teaching/learning methodology but with a very short EA and some elective options. This would make it longer and provide more time to solidify the teacher and make ones who are capable of working in many contexts.
2)Offer a 2 term MA TESOL/TEFL to all CELTA holders covering advanced linguistics, advanced teaching/learning theories, electives and research methods and then a dissertation.
3)Develop a 2/3 year PhD/Doctor of Education in EFL/ESOL which can be designed around the student, covering different elements of EFL like material design or course development but have more courses and a shorter thesis as in the Dedu (Doctor of Education).
This seems simpler are there is a clear path and making 2) and 3) distance courses would open it up for most teachers. This should also make career development simpler and thus pay.
I also like the idea of post-CELTA development courses. At St Giles in London they used to offer these to bridge the gap between the CELTA and DELTA and I think it’s a great idea to keep developing, meet other teachers, swap ideas and to help keep up-to-date.