Getting TEFL certified in a traditional classroom setting (called an onsite course) is often the first choice of prospective English teachers. However, the 4-week, 9-5, intensive schedule of onsite courses, such as the Bridge International Diploma in English Language Teaching (IDELT) can be a barrier for many people. For that reason and others, such as budget or where the nearest class located, online TEFL courses continue to gain popularity and acceptance worldwide.

There are plenty of online TEFL courses to choose from, but for those who are looking for the next best option to taking an onsite TEFL course, the online version of the IDELT provides a great choice.

IDELT Online at a Glance:

Course: E-learning, part-time TEFL/TESOL  course
Course format: Reading, writing and webinar-based interactive training with assignments due weekly
Hours of certification:
Platform: Moodle (similar to Blackboard; both commonly used by universities)
Duration: 12 weeks
Textbook: The Practice of English Language Teaching, by Jeremy Harmer
Instructor: Master’s level, with teaching experience
University credit: Graduate-level course with the option to earn 3-credit transcript from University of Northern Colorado

What’s different about the IDELT Online as compared to other online courses?

This is a question that our advisors hear a lot and it’s certainly a valid one! The answer, in a nutshell, is the level of training.

Most online TEFL courses tend to be self-study and self-paced. In all materials are online. You start whenever you like and simply need to finish the work within 3 months. A tutor grades your lesson plans and gives you feedback.  BridgeTEFL online courses cover the basics to meet requirements for jobs and offer fundamental teacher preparation.

IDELT Online, on the other hand, is an interactive, university-level training. You can even earn graduate-level credits for it! All trainees start together on a certain date and work through the course as a class. In the IDELT, you are guided by the master’s level instructor from week to week and you will read from the textbook, read journal articles, complete quizzes, turn in assignments and post comments to online forums with other students. IDELT Online takes your study deeper than most TEFL courses, by covering methodology/pedagogy, as well as practical skills such as lesson planning.

How will I communicate with the instructor?
In the IDELT Online course, communication is between you and your instructor as well as between you and the other students in the course. You won’t use Skype in this course, due to time zone differences, but interaction consists of viewing webinars, receiving feedback on assignments and sharing responses with classmates in the online discussion forums.

I was concerned that an online course would mean limited personal interaction with the instructor and fellow students, but [the instructor] let her personality shine through and that helped others of us do the same. – Terri, course graduate

How hard is the course?
It is as challenging as any university-level course, as long as you stay on task from week to week with assigned reading and writing assignments, you will find the course quite manageable. We estimate a course load of about 8-15. Click here for tips on managing the IDELT Online while working full-time. 

How does the university credit option work?
First you must be eligible for graduate credits:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree OR be at least a junior in university in good standing

  • Register for an eligible IDELT Online date

If eligible, simply indicate when you register for the IDELT Online that you would like to take your course for graduate credit. Then we’ll send you instructions on how to register with University of Northern Colorado. Once you successfully pass the IDELT Online, the university will issue your 3 graduate-level transcript directly.

What kind of assignments will I complete?
In the IDELT Online you’ll complete weekly reading from the course textbook and from outside sources (links are available in your course) and watch videos. You’ll take quizzes related to that reading, and will also post responses to topics in the discussion forums, along with other students. You will be required to two written assignments, one of which can be a group project in collaboration with other students.

The course gets you to think about teaching English in very practical ways. Through every unit, different aspects of teaching English were explored in a way that led you to reflect on what you would do in an actual classroom.

– Ruth, course graduate

What if my first language isn’t English?
That’s fine! The fact that the IDELT Online can be taken from anywhere in the world tends to draw diverse classes of students from around the world. Therefore, many IDELT online students speak a first language other than English. Because this class is graduate level, however, non-native English speakers are required to have an English level equivalent to C1 – Fluency (according to the European framework).

Do you still have questions about the IDELT Online or our other online TEFL courses? Contact us!