The Developing Teacher Course with Spanish (DTCS)

The Trainer:

Kate has been teaching EFL since 1996 and has taught in the UK, Bolivia, Spain and Honduras. She has been tutoring on the Developing Teacher course since 2011 and coordinating the course since 2016.

We launched our Developing Teacher Course with Spanish in 2011 and it has become so popular that since then, other schools have also chosen to develop their own version.

Important note: We ensure that this course includes all elements seen on this page and contains 20 hours of study time per week in order to obtain a student visa. This is a requirement of the Spanish consulate.

Find out more about what to look for in a potential course provider to ensure your visa application is a success.

Aim of the course

You will develop as a teacher by attending Spanish classes and reflecting on your experience as a language learner and a teacher observing fellow teachers in action. You will complete a range of reflection and observation tasks each month as well as a monthly assignment supervised by a tutor. Our Spanish classes are accredited by the Instituto Cervantes which is the sole accreditation for institutions teaching Spanish as a foreign language.

Who is it for?

The Developing Teacher with Spanish Course is for those who would like to fine-tune their skills as a language trainer and also learn Spanish along the way. It is aimed at TEFL teachers with an initial qualification (such as the CELTA or CertTESOL) and 0-3 years experience. This course meets the requirements for a student visa (for non-EU citizens) and is suitable for all levels of Spanish from A1 (beginner) up to B2 (upper-intermediate).  

How does it work?

The schedule is from 10.00–14.00 Monday to Friday, which means that working teachers are free to teach their own English classes to make a living during their time studying with us. You can sign up for a minimum of 1 month and up to a maximum of 12 months and it can be extended at any time during the course.

Each month will consist of the following:

  • 40 hours of Spanish class at Oxford House (on this course and this course)
  • 20 hours lesson planning
  • 4 hours group workshop
  • 6 hours observation of experienced teachers
  • 10 hours independent work on your monthly assignment

Total: 80 hours per month (20 hours per week)

Course fee: €300 per month


We recommend buying The Developing Teacher, Duncan Foord, Delta Publishing 2009, which provides options for developmental tasks for you to carry out on the course. The book is available from reception in the school.

Student Visas and Student Work Authorization

To live and work in Barcelona, many non-EU citizens sign up for our 4-week intensive CELTA course followed by at least 6 months of our Developing Teacher Course with Spanish (7 months in total). This combination will allow you to apply for a long-term student visa, and after arriving in Spain, apply for student work authorization. (If you already have the CELTA or a similar qualification, you can meet the requirements by enrolling in 7 months of DTCS instead of 6.)

Once you have applied for student work authorization, you can legally work up to 20 hours per week, which is considered full-time for a newly qualified teacher. To find out more, contact Tim, our Spanish Visa Advisor and Careers Advisor.

The trainers

All Oxford TEFL trainers on this course are DELTA/DipTESOL qualified and have at least 10 years of teaching experience.

Assessment and certification

To pass the course and receive the certificate you will have to: Complete the development tasks to a satisfactory standard and present them in a blog each month. Attend 85% of the timetabled course.

The Developing Teacher with Spanish Lessons certificate will:

  • State that you have passed the course.
  • Outline the components of the course in detail. State the length of the course.

Apply now for the Developing Teacher Course

The major hurdle for a non-EU citizen is a lack of clear, coherent information about the steps to get the Student Visa, and being able to do things legally in Spain. The reason why I chose to study at Oxford Tefl was their professionalism, especially the clarity with what the process would be like for a non-EU citizen. Continue reading