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DELTM: Diploma in English language teaching management

The English UK Diploma in English language teaching management is the principal diploma level qualification for academic managers and directors at English language teaching centres. 

We run the standard DELTM course for individuals and can arrange bespoke closed group courses for language centres, school chains and associations.

DELTM for individuals

We will run the next DELTM course when it is safe to do so - please check back for updates or contact Eleanor Thomas, events & training officer

The course usually runs from September to June with ten monthly face-to face sessions held in London. Participants are required to complete five 3,500 word assignments and one 5,000 word project. These are practical projects with a theoretical underpinning. There is no final examination.

This equates to a total of 635 hours - around eight hours a week - of which 65 are allocated to training sessions, 380 hours to self-study, including completion of mini-tasks and 200 hours on the assignments and project.


Bespoke DELTM for organisations and associations

The DELTM is the ideal solution for the development of your managers and your business. The programme constantly evolves in line with the latest management trends and can be shaped to match your needs.

It is a flexible, blended programme that can be tailored to you – whether delivered in the UK or overseas, as an intensive block or over the course of several months. Flexible pricing also allows you to reduce the cost per head for larger groups.


Who is the DELTM for?

The DELTM course provides excellent professional development for managers and aspiring managers of language centres. The programme is suitable for those with/ wishing to take up key managerial roles within language schools such as principals, school directors and academic managers.

"If you are seriously thinking of making a career of academic management, the DELTM is essential to your professional development. The DELTM makes a huge difference." - Jake Castaldi, principal at English in Margate and Leo Languages

What does the course cover?

The programme covers management skills from the day-to-day operational level up to the strategic level, exploring fundamental questions about organisational goals over a three to five-year time span.

Participants will look at leadership and team-building, stress management and motivation, product development and marketing, policy, planning and profit.


Candidates should be in a position of line management experience in an educational or business context, and have English at level C1 of the CEFR.

It is also desirable to have a diploma in TEFL/TESOL or an MA in Applied Linguistics/TESOL/TEFL, an initial teaching qualification and at least five years' ELT teaching experience, and be at Principal, Academic Director, DOS or ADOS level.

What did past participants think?

  • "Quite simply, it is the essential training programme for managers in the ELT industry. From the very first session, the insights I gained from the DELTM inspired me to conduct research and implement change to the benefit of myself, my staff, my customers and the organisation as a whole. It was transformational on both a professional and a personal level." – Byron Skelton, Torquay International School of English

  • "The DELTM is a great opportunity for anyone who has moved into management from teaching, with little or no training, to build on their experience with the theoretical and practical tools it provides." – Shila Nadar, Twin ECL
  • "It was very interesting and made me reflect on my practice as a manager and my organisation's operation. It was lovely to network with like-minded people. The trainers were very knowledgeable and delivered classes in an engaging manner." – Agnieszka Cieszynska, Coventry College
  • "A very professional course taught by industry specialists which provided knowledge and skills that could be applied in my organisation from day one." – Dan Smith, Riversdown House