DELTA to be recognized as equal to a Master’s degree

good news for all those of you who can’t afford to do an MA.

Ofqual, the exams regulator of the UK government, has confirmed that Cambridge ESOL’s Delta qualification for teachers is at the same level as a Master’s degree or a professional diploma in the European Union. This is a result of Delta being placed at level 7 of the UK government’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF), making it the only English language teaching diploma currently included at this level.

Welcoming this new recognition, Cambridge ESOL’s Chief Executive Dr Mike Milanovic says: “Teachers holding this qualification demonstrate a very high level of expertise indeed and we’re delighted by this acknowledgment from Ofqual. This reflects the quality standards associated with the Delta qualification which is great news for teachers and the millions of students around the world learning English.”

Delta is a qualification aimed at those wanting to teach non-native English speakers and can be taken at any stage of a teacher’s career.

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6 Responses to DELTA to be recognized as equal to a Master’s degree

  1. @eltworld DELTA to be recognized as equal to a Master’s degree: good news for all those of yo… #ELT #ELTchat #ESL

  2. Thank you for the update but a quick note of clarification for other readers: this confirmation of the status quo does not mean that DELTA is now the same kind of thing as an MA or that it has equal academic “punching power” – it only means that it is in the same broad banding in UK and EU qualification frameworks (which also places CELTA at BA level, as I understand).

    It would have been good if the press announcement was more explicit on this point.

  3. Ellen says:

    Thank you for your useful posts ELTWorld.
    I understand that DELTA sits at Level 5 on the old National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as stated on which is Level 7 of the new NQF as apparent on
    Therefore, many older Diploma holders would appreciate it if its precursors, DOTE & DTEFLA, also were mapped at the same level as a postgraduate EU qualification, considering the overall high standards & demands associated with the particular diploma.

  4. TEFL Girl says:

    Hmm. This is good news, but it does seem like the Delta is not exactly the MA of the world. No more than a CELTA would get you a job as an ESL instructor in the states if the school required a BA. Sadly.

    Thanks for the news and thanks, Anthony Gaughan, for the clarification.

  5. Jeremy Kritt says:

    That is very interesting; however, I do not think that the DELTA can be considered equal to the MA in TESL/TEFL. Furthermore, I doubt that the DELTA will be viewed as being equivalent to an MA in academia. Nevertheless, it is still a very good qualification for language teachers to have in many parts of the world.

    At times I wonder if the DELTA is being displaced by the popularity of MA TESL/TEFL programs. The DELTA was created in an environment when the MA in this field not as popular as it is today. I also think we need to start taking a critical look at the CELTA and DELTA in order to examine their dogmatic notions of what is good and bad teaching.

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