If you are a highly-experienced TEFL-Q diploma qualified teacher, you may be taking on further responsibilities and roles, for example as a senior teacher or a mentor.

Keith talks about his career path and how he became an editor. Watch the video and think about the questions below to help you with your own professional development.

Do you have any of these characteristics?

  • You are a highly experienced qualified teacher
  • You work in a senior role
  • You have a TEFL-Q diploma qualification in ELT/TEFL
  • You are competent, confident and creative as a teacher
  • You demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in particular areas of interest
  • You are keen to take on new challenges, roles and responsibilities
  • You are able to support other teachers
  • You actively maintain your professional development through a range of activities, and keeping up-to-date with new developments, through publications, websites, and teacher networks.

Do you need to develop your ELT skills in any of these areas?

  • Teacher training skills
  • Delivering workshops
  • Mentoring skills
  • Syllabus writing skills
  • Research skills
  • Computer skills
  • Managerial skills
  • Public speaking 
  • Pastoral care
  • Time management
  • Customer service skills
  • People and team management skills
  • Financial skills
  • Human Resources training
  • Business understanding
  • Project management skills.

Here are some ways in which you can develop further:

  • Identify clear goals and plan your Continuing Professional Development to help you move towards those goals
  • Take more leading roles as a professional, e.g. leading development sessions, speaking at conferences
  • Shadow others carrying out roles you’d like to develop in
  • Explore classroom practice through research and other means
  • Take a look at the British Council's Teacher educator framework for ideas, courses and resources for your own professional development.