7 Ways the IDELTOnline™ Sets You Apart When Applying to TEFL/TESOL Jobs

By Jennifer Collis
June 19, 2020
IDELTOnline Course With University Affiliation

When it comes to TEFL/TESOL certification, some teachers are looking for more than the minimum training – they want to differentiate themselves from other teachers, even in the most competitive job markets. The Bridge International Diploma in English Language Teaching (IDELTOnline™) is one way for teachers to get that edge. Our most advanced online training has a challenging, graduate-level curriculum, instructor and peer interaction, and a more structured schedule than other online courses. Here are 7 ways this certification can set you apart when applying for any TEFL/TESOL job.

1. You’ll exceed TEFL/TESOL certification standards with a 150-hour credential

IDELTOnline Certificate

Most initial TEFL/TESOL certification courses are 100 or 120-hours, and that number meets hiring requirements for most jobs. The IDELTOnline, however, far exceeds basic requirements and enhances your resume with 150-hours of accredited certification (or more if you choose to add TEFL/TESOL Specializations to your training). Having the additional hours of certification on your resume shows schools that you’re serious about your training — going beyond the minimum requirements.

Read an interview with Jasmine, an IDELTOnline graduate teaching English in the Middle East, one of the most competitive TEFL regions in the world.

2.  The IDELTOnline offers the option to earn graduate-level college credit  

Another way the IDELTOnline can set you apart as a job candidate is the level of training; it’s been recommended for up to 9 graduate-level university credits by the American Council on Education®. This recommendation means that a network of over 1,500 colleges and universities in the U.S. accepts the course for transfer credit. Yet, even if you choose not to earn college credit for the course, choosing graduate-level training demonstrates to employers your commitment to the most comprehensive, high-level training.

ACE CREDIT logo

Learn more about ACE CREDIT® recommendations for the IDELTOnline.

3. The course is a pathway to a Master’s in TESOL

Is a master’s degree in TESOL in your future? Stand out to employers by showing them you’re on your way to this career achievement with the IDELTOnline. This program can be taken as a direct pathway to specific master’s degree programs at Bridge partner universities in the U.S. and abroad. The esteemed partner universities accept the IDELTOnline toward their certificate, master’s, and even doctorate programs in TESOL.

Bridge MA TESOL Pathway Partner Universities

Learn more: What is TESOL?

4. You’ll automatically receive 15 CEUs to highlight your professional development

If you’re not ready for the graduate degree track, you can still showcase the quality and level of your IDELTOnline certification by sharing the Continuing Education Units (CEUs) you earn for the program on your resume. This quantifiable professional development, which is based on our accreditation through the Accrediting Council for Continued Education and Training (ACCET), is yet another way you can stand out as a candidate for competitive TEFL/TESOL positions.

5. The IDELTOnline provides a strong, theory-based teaching foundation valued by schools

Recruiters for the most competitive teaching jobs seek teachers who understand the history and context of English, effective teaching strategies for each of the four language skills, the latest instructional approaches and methods, as well as the mechanics of lesson planning and teaching grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.

The IDELTOnline program dives more deeply into all of these topics, with a heavy emphasis on theory, and culminates with trainees articulating their personal teaching philosophy (a common TEFL interview question!) which they’ve refined throughout the course.

Carla, Freelance English Tutor

Bridge IDELTOnline graduate, Carla, pictured above, experienced this firsthand, saying, “I’d been doing face-to-face classes for almost 19 years before I took the IDELTOnline course, but I had never studied theory and practice in such depth.”

6. The collaborative format fosters a more global teaching perspective 

Unlike other online TEFL/TESOL courses, the IDELTOnline is similar to other university-level online courses in that it’s interactive; you’ll be part of a cohort of about 10-20 trainees from around the world. Together, you and your peers will take part in live sessions with the instructor, contribute to class discussions, and gain new perspectives on teaching English. This collaborative format provides insights from teachers of all experience levels and backgrounds in a way that self-study courses cannot. You’ll be well prepared to present yourself to employers as a global-minded teacher  – starting with talking points during your job interview!


7. You can tailor your skillset to specific jobs by adding specializations

Would you like to stand out when applying to TEFL/TESOL jobs that involve teaching a particular age group or niche, such as business professionals, young children, or perhaps teaching in a virtual setting? Imagine enhancing your resume with stacked training and professional development in your chosen specialty, demonstrating your skills to employers.

Add one or more of the following specializations to the IDELTOnline.


You can further showcase your professional achievements to employers with digital badges for your IDELTOnline certification and every specialized course you add to it.

Digital badges for BridgeTEFL certification

Learn how to use digital badges to get TEFL/TESOL jobs.

For those looking to become the most effective English teacher possible and who view TESOL as a career path rather than a short-term adventure, IDELTOnline certification not only offers thorough preparation but a way to help your resume rise to the top when applying for TEFL/TESOL jobs!

Do you think this course might offer the competitive edge you’re looking for? Dive a little deeper to find out, by reading this next: Is the IDELTOnline Right for Me?