Objective accreditation by a professional, outside body gives you and the schools that you apply to assurance of the quality of your TEFL/TESOL training and certification. Bridge is accredited by the following organizations.
Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training
U.S. Department of Education Recognized Agency
Since 1998, Bridge Education Group has been accredited by ACCET, the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training. Bridge in the USA is accredited by ACCET and only the TEFL/TESOL courses in the USA are approved by ACCET. ACCET is an independent agency that reviews and certifies continuing education and training programs in the United States. ACCET has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education since 1978 as a reliable authority on the quality of education provided by the institutions they accredit.
Due to our ACCET approval, we are listed as an accredited educational institution in the U.S. Department of Education Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.
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The ACCET Accreditation Process
Accreditation and approval through ACCET is no easy process! In order to maintain our accreditation, we must undergo regular reviews involving visits to the Bridge campus by ACCET assessors, analysis of Bridge financial statements, and checks for our adherence to strict quality standards (equivalent to ISO 9001 Quality Management).
These are the four major components of this ongoing assessment process:
1The development and implementation of institutional and program goals and objectives that focus upon a continuing education mission
2A comprehensive, analytic self-evaluation review and report by the institution
3An on-site professional peer review to evaluate the adequacy and accuracy of the self-evaluation
4An independent review and decision by the Accrediting Commission as an assessment of the institution’s commitment to and compliance
Other advantages of ACCET Accreditation:
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are nationally recognized units of measurement for participation in non-credit, continuing education programs. Any ACCET-approved Bridge course, including our online TEFL/TESOL programs, can be taken for 1 CEU per 10 hours of course instruction.
U.S. Department of Education Recognition: Bridge.edu
Did you know that the suffix .edu at the end of a URL is exclusively for educational institutions and universities that meet accreditation standards recognized by the U.S. Department of Education? Bridge Education Group (Bridge.edu) is proud to meet those standards due to our ACCET accreditation.
Association for Quality Education and Training Online
In March 2020, Bridge Education Group was evaluated and granted accreditation by Aqueduto, Association for Quality Education & Online Training. Aqueduto is a charitable organization dedicated to:
- Evaluating blended and online training courses against a quality assurance framework
- Representing providers of such courses in a crowded marketplace, varying in quality
- Helping professionals identify such courses, and enroll with confidence
The Aqueduto quality assurance framework evaluates organizations based on three domains, each with sub-criteria. Bridge was found to meet the Aqueduto quality standards in every category evaluated.
The Institutional Domain
- Institutional Strategy
- Staff Training, Development, and Performance Management
- Supporting the Learner Experience
The Pedagogical Domain
- Course Design and Structure
- Tutor Competencies
The Technological Domain
- Online Platform
Accreditation Outside of the USA
The Bridge centers in South America and our partners abroad are not accredited by ACCET but are accredited by or affiliated with varying regional or local accrediting or regulatory agencies.
Bridge has partnered with universities in the U.S. and abroad to offer joint TEFL certification, scholarships, university credit, and pathways to graduate-level degrees for students of the online/onsite Bridge International Diploma in English Language Teaching.
The Bridge IDELTOnline™ program may be taken for transferrable university credit toward a graduate certificate, master’s program or a scholarship at our university Pathway Partners, allowing career-minded teachers to build a foundation for future studies.
Our classroom-based Bridge IDELT program is offered in partnership with Metropolitan State University of Denver. Upon successful completion of the program at any Bridge center, students receive a joint certificate from both MSU Denver and BridgeTEFL. This course is also accepted for 3 graduate-level transfer credits toward the M.A. TESOL program at Bridge partner, Azusa Pacific University.