Bridge Now Offers Digital Badges for TEFL Certification! What Are They and How Can You Use Them?

BridgeTEFL Digital Badging

Maybe you’ve heard of digital badges in fields such as higher education or IT as a simple yet dynamic tool to showcase the full scope of academic and professional accomplishments earned. Now, Bridge is proud to be one of the first in the industry to offer digital badges for TEFL/TESOL, making this innovative, 21st-century credential available to graduates of our teacher training and professional development courses!

How do digital badges work?

Graduates of Bridge online TEFL/TESOL courses (see full list below) will now receive a digital badge when they complete their course, in addition to their certificate. Backed by blockchain technology, digital badges (sometimes called open badges) provide employers with an in-depth look “under the hood” of the TEFL/TESOL program you completed, providing far more detail than your certificate alone, such as the learning objectives you mastered, the rigor of your course, and the specific skills you acquired.

Digital badges for TEFL/TESOL also allow you to easily market yourself as a teacher, with options to showcase your skills and qualifications across the web in places like LinkedIn and Facebook, as well as on your resume and your Bridge Job Board Teacher Portfolio.

What is the difference between a digital badge and my TEFL/TESOL certificate?

Your TEFL/TESOL certification is what actually qualifies you to teach English as a foreign language or to work in a specialized field, such as teaching young learners or teaching business English. Your Bridge certificate indicates the name of the program you took, the total number of hours you completed, and a list of the course components.

Your digital badge, on the other hand, fills in the gaps in information, offering far more detail than your certification alone. With just a click of the unique URL for your badge, potential employers are taken to a landing page where they can learn the details of the program you completed, such as:

  • The criteria that were required to complete the credential
  • Evidence of specific tasks and projects you completed within the program
  • Skills and competencies behind the achievement
  • The learning objectives you met to earn the badge
  • Information about Bridge’s standards and accreditation

Digital badges for TEFL link to a page with course details

Why are digital badges for TEFL important? What are they used for?

Digital badges are used to help you stand out when applying to jobs. Over the years, digital badges have gained recognition among employers and have become an integral part of your overall online representation. If you want employers to fully understand your credentials, adding digital badges to your professional online portfolio is a great way to do so!

  • Digital badges demonstrate your commitment to continued professional development and learning.
  • Every time you earn a badge for a Bridge TEFL/TESOL course, you can display it in a variety of places online to make your individual accomplishments visible.
  • Employers can easily click on each badge to get the details on the program you completed, what you accomplished within that program, and how it has prepared you for the job.

Digital badges for BridgeTEFL certification

What digital badges does Bridge offer?

Bridge has partnered with Credly, a leading company in digital badging, to create digital badges on their Acclaim platform for the following TEFL/TESOL certification and professional development courses.

Foundational TEFL/TESOL Certificates

International TEFL/TESOL Certificates

Specialized TEFL/TESOL Certificates

How do I access my digital badges from Bridge?

After successfully completing a certification with Bridge, you’ll receive an email to claim your corresponding digital badge.

  • You’ll need to first create an Acclaim account.
  • Within your Acclaim account, you’ll see an option to accept your badge.
  • Once you’ve accepted it, you’re free to share it wherever you like!

Digital badges for TEFL on Facebook and LinkedIn profiles

Where can I share my digital badges from Bridge?

You can share digital badges in a number of places, including on your social media profiles for LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter. Many professionals also choose to add their digital badges to their resume and email signature. You can even add badges to your teacher portfolio on the Bridge Job Board!

Do digital badges for TEFL/TESOL expire?

Just like your Bridge certifications, your digital badges don’t expire. As long as you have them displayed, employers can click on them to find up-to-date information about your certifications or other accomplishments.

Learn more about collecting and sharing digital badges to let employers know the full scope of your achievements, qualifications, and competencies in teaching English!

October 16, 2019