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What Is the Bridge IDELTOnline TEFL/TESOL Course and Should I Take It?

What exactly is this premier Bridge program all about and is the IDELTOnline right for you? Maybe! If you’re looking to set yourself apart from other applicants when applying to some of the most sought after teaching jobs around the world, or you would like your TEFL certification to be a stepping stone for career advancement, the IDELTOnline is a great choice.

What exactly is the IDELTOnline course?

This 150-hour IDELTOnline is a graduate-level, university-affiliated TEFL/TESOL certification course. It is an online version of our classroom-based Bridge IDELT. so it’s taken by students who want the interaction and academic rigor of traditional, in-person training course, but who prefer to learn online.

What sets this program apart?

Unlike most online TEFL certification programs, this one is designed to allow you to work at your own pace, but with a structured schedule to help keep you organized as you move through the course, week by week.

The course is also very interactive. You’ll join a group of trainees taught by masters-level instructors on everything from the most up to date teaching/learning theories and methods, to lesson planning and classroom management, so that you can become the best teacher possible.

Another feature that sets the Bridge IDELTOnline program apart from other TEFL/TESOL courses is that it has been reviewed and recommended for graduate-level college credit by ACE CREDIT and is also accepted for credit toward graduate programs at these Bridge partner universities:

To compare the IDELTOnline to another popular Bridge course, the self-study Master Certificate, check out this quick guide:

How is the course structured? What will I learn?

This is a 12-week course that is 100% online. The group, or cohort, of IDELTOnline trainees is guided through the program’s 12 modules by the instructor.

Module assignments

Each week will consist of a new module, covering topics like language systems, effective teaching strategies in all four of the language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), classroom management, lesson planning, and testing/evaluation. Every module has accompanying weekly assignments, which can include reading from the textbook, commenting on class discussion boards, listening to lectures, or working on projects.

Weekly schedule

Though assignments are due weekly, you’ll have the flexibility to submit your work whenever it’s convenient for you to do so during the week. Many trainees find this week-by-week schedule preferable to the less structured timeline of a self-study TEFL/TESOL course such as the Bridge Master Certificate (which students are given three months to complete at their own pace) since procrastination is not an option!

Course components

You can expect the following during this course:

  • 7 Module quizzes
  • 4 Live sessions with the course instructor
  • 3 Projects
  • 20 Discussion board activities

A discussion board in the IDELTOnline

Teachers who would like to enhance their resume with additional skills can add Specialized Certificates to their IDELTOnline training, such as Teaching English Online, Teaching Young Learners & Teens, Teaching Business English, and others.

Who is the typical student in the IDELTOnline? Should I take it?

The IDELTOnline attracts international trainees who are looking for the most advanced TEFL/TESOL certification they can earn online. In general, IDELTOnline trainees are looking at teaching English as more of a career than a short-term job.

IDELTOnline trainees typically:

  • Want an interactive course in which they can communicate with their instructor and co-trainees.
  • Seek to qualify for the best jobs worldwide and stand out to employers.
  • May want to earn graduate-level credits toward further studies, including a Masters in TESOL.
  • Prefer a course that keeps them on track with a structured, 12-week course schedule and weekly due dates for assignments.
  • Would like guidance throughout their program by an experienced, master’s level instructor.
  • Prefer joining a cohort of international trainees, rather than studying on their own.

What are the requirements to take the IDELTOnline?

The IDELTOnline is a graduate-level TEFL/TESOL course, but you don’t need any previous teaching experience or training to enroll; it’s suitable for those who are completely new to the field of teaching English. These are the requirements to enroll in the program:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • If English is not your first language, you must show proof of English fluency (verified with the results of a recently taken English proficiency test).

Is the IDELTOnline accredited?

Yes! The IDELTOnline course is accredited by ACCET (a Department of Education-recognized agency) and by Aqueduto. Along with this, ACE CREDIT® has also approved the course for up to 9 graduate-level credits.

Accreditation logos

How do I earn university credit for the course?

Earning university credit for the IDELTOnline is completely optional, and there are a couple of ways to do so with this program.


The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) has evaluated and recommended up to nine semester hours of college credit for the IDELTOnline. Upon course completion, graduates can request a transcript, which can be presented to any of the more than 2,000 colleges and universities that consider ACE CREDIT recommendations, opening the door to bachelor’s, master’s, and even doctoral-level studies.

Bridge MA TESOL Pathway Partners

Bridge also partners with a number of specific universities in the U.S. and abroad that accept the IDELTOnline as a pathway to their graduate certificate, master’s, or doctorate degree programs in TESOL (or offer scholarships for IDELTOnline graduates). Learn more about our university pathways partners.

If you would like to earn university credit for the IDELTOnline, we recommend trainees meeting the following requirements:

  • You have completed a bachelor’s degree or are currently at least a junior in standing in a bachelor’s degree program with a 3.0+ GPA
  • You must pass IDELTOnline with at least an 80% to be eligible.

IDELTOnline certificate and digital badge

Does the IDELTOnline come with job placement assistance?

Yes! The IDELTOnline course not only includes access to the Bridge Job Board, with the latest TEFL/TESOL career opportunities worldwide and online, but you’ll also receive highly personalized job placement assistance. This assistance never expires, and graduates can reach out to our Job Advisors at any point in the future, whether by phone or email, for assistance in finding their ideal position.

Whether you plan on teaching English online from anywhere in the world or your dream is to teach English abroad, the IDELTOnline program will not only qualify you but set you apart as a professional teacher dedicated to being the best teacher you can be.

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