IDLTM course

ELT Management: IDLTM course at IH Barcelona

International Diploma in Language Teaching Management (IDLTM)

Wanted: qualified manager for language school

The language teaching business has been expanding rapidly and globally for many years. This expansion has not only created a demand for language teachers, but also a demand for qualified managers of language teaching centres.

New managers are often recruited from the outstanding employees within the industry and in the language teaching business these employees are often teachers. While these people may be excellent teachers, they may not always be successful or well prepared managers.

The International Diploma in Language Teaching Management is designed to address this problem.

The IDLTM course

The IDLTM is a 325-hour flexible mode course [ course content ] which enables language teaching professionals to:

  • extend their knowledge of relevant management principles and practices;
  • develop their management skills through the application of this knowledge to a Language Teaching context;
  • demonstrate these skills in effective practice as Language Teaching managers


  • Part A
    Two one-week face to face sessions in Barcelona, dates to be announced.
  • Part B
    A six-month online distance component
  • Part C
    A four-week concluding online seminar


  • Course fees: €3,150
  • Certification fee: €225

About the IDLTM

The IDLTM is awarded jointly by the School for InternDatational Training (SIT), USA, and the Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education, The University of Queensland (ICTE-UQ), Australia.

You will find further information about the IDLTM course on our IDLTM FAQs page.

For further information, see the course outline, syllabus and assessment guidelines (.pdf).


The course tutors are George Pickering, management development and training consultant, senior inspector (British Council), ex-IATEFL ELT Management SIG Coordinator, ex-IATEFL Trustee and Andrew Hockley, educational management consultant and trainer and co-ordinator of IATEFL's Leadership and Management Special Interest Group (LAMSIG)


A really useful course especially for those who have no educational administration background and/or just started their managerial career in ELT. The main features of the course are its practicality and adaptability to your own needs
Tatyana Sinipolskaya | Director IH Odessa, Ukraine




  • Bachelor degree or equivalent.
  • A minimum of three years' language teaching experience (full-time in state or private sector, internationally or in one country) or 5 years' working experience in a language teaching context.
  • Competence in English (both written and spoken) that enables candidates to follow the course and complete all the assessed elements successfully.
  • Reasonable computer skills, including basic competence in use of Excel spreadsheets


  • English Language Teaching qualification.
  • Eight years' full time work experience
  • Co-ordination or management experience in education or business.

Download application form

See also our IDLTM FAQs page.

Reading list

For the core books and recommending reading, see the course reading list.

Teacher to Manager

From teacher to manager: co-authored by one of your course tutors

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In July, we also run a 30-hour in Barcelona for experienced teachers interested in taking up a position as a Director of Studies (DoS) in a language school.

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In collaboration with IATEFL's LAM SIG, our annual ELT Conference (February) includes a management strand that you will find interesting.

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