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Introduction to Promoting 21st-Century Skills in the Classroom

(1 CEU)

Discover what it means to be an educator in the 21st century. Gain a foundational understanding of 21st-century skill sets and how incorporating them into your classroom prepares your learners for everyday life and the workplace.

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Combine all of our 21st-Century Teaching Skills Micro-credentials to earn a comprehensive TEFL/TESOL certification that showcases your dedication to innovative and modern teaching practices.

(8 CEUs)

This bundle includes:

  • 10-hour Introduction to Promoting 21st-Century Skills in the Classroom
  • 10-Hour Promoting Creative and Innovative Thinking in Your Classroom
  • 10-Hour Promoting Critical Thinking Skills in Your Classroom
  • 10-Hour Teaching Communicative, Collaborative, and Interpersonal Skills
  • 10-hour Promoting Social, Cultural, Global, and Environmental Awareness in Your Classroom
  • 10-Hour Promoting Digital Literacy in Your Classroom
  • 10-Hour Instilling Confidence and Leadership in Your Learners
  • 10-Hour Developing Students’ Education and Career Pathways

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student Introduction to Promoting 21st - Century Skills in the Classroom Course Information

Length 12 weeks.
Start date The course starts the day you enroll.
Certification hours 10 hours.


Format 100% online and self-paced.
Instructors Personal tutor (experienced ESL/EFL instructor) to grade assignments and provide support.

Module 01 Skills for the 21st Century
Module 02 Developing a 21st-Century Skill Set
Module 03 21st-Century Technology and Teaching Approaches


Discussion Boards

Graded Assignment

Instructional Videos

Learning Objectives

When you complete your course, you’ll be able to:

  • List the core competencies and skills considered essential for the 21st century
  • Explain how the 21st-century job market is changing and the challenges and opportunities these changes bring
  • Determine what hard and soft skills you possess and how you can acquire more through a growth mindset
  • Describe how modern pedagogical practices can help students develop 21st-century thinking skills
  • Distinguish between old and ineffective teaching methods and more modern teaching methods that are suitable for 21st -century skills
  • Explain how to use data and classroom action research to improve student outcomes

Age 18 years of age or older.
Education High school diploma or the equivalent. Proof of graduation or transcript is NOT required.
Language An intermediate or higher level of English proficiency (B1 level, according to the CEFR, the Common European Framework Reference for Language). Proof of language proficiency is NOT required.

These resources are designed to make the process of finding TEFL jobs or advancing in the field as clear and easy as possible for our graduates. You’ll learn how to improve your resume, find and apply to TEFL jobs, and ace your interview so that you can get the teaching job of your dreams. If you’re already teaching, you’ll find helpful information on continuing professional development, recommended TESOL organizations you can join, and teaching resources you can use in your own classroom. You’ll also learn how to take advantage of Bridge’s job placement services and connect to our community of TEFL teachers and schools worldwide.

Module 01 Finding a Job, Downloading Your Certificate, and Updating Your Resume
Module 02 Stay Connected with Bridge!
Module 03 TEFL / TESOL Professional Development Opportunities

Continuing Education Unit (CEUs) are nationally recognized units of measurement for participation in non-credit, continuing education programs. Bridge is accredited by ACCET (the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training), and any ACCET-approved Bridge course, including our online TEFL programs, can be taken for 1 CEU per 10 hours of TEFL course instruction.

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Preparing learners for everyday life and the modern workplace means empowering them with the skills deemed essential for the 21st century. These include critical thinking, creativity and innovation, digital literacy, communication, collaboration, and much more. In this course, we embark on an understanding of 21st-century competencies and their relevance to English language learners. We also help you to discover which skills you possess and which – through a growth mindset – you might cultivate. Finally, we guide teachers like you in developing classroom practices that promote these vital skills in your learners.

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100% online

Start anytime and work from any device.

Continuing education units

Earn up to 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Personal tutor

Get feedback and ask questions throughout the course.

Job placement assistance

Access the Bridge Job Board to connect with our Preferred Employer Partners and explore resources to support your TEFL job search.

Flexible schedule

Work at your own pace–complete in 3 months or less.

Interactive content

Instructional videos, downloadable resources, quizzes & activities, and discussion board.

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FAQs about Bridge Micro-credentials

These are short, targeted, professional development courses designed for EFL teachers who want to learn new skills and expand their knowledge of current teaching methods or topics.

Both are TEFL / TESOL courses, but Bridge Micro-credentials are short, professional development courses (around 20 hours) that are highly targeted on specific, practical topics, such as Using Podcasts in the EFL Classroom. These specialized courses are usually taken by experienced, qualified teachers looking to add to their existing knowledge and skill set.

A general TEFL / TESOL certification course, on the other hand, tends to be around 100+ hours and provides a thorough foundation in the theories and methods of teaching English. These courses are more often taken as initial training and certification, especially by those who are new to teaching English or not yet certified.

To take Bridge Micro-credential, you must be at least 18 years old with a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.

Micro-credential courses are designed to build off prior teaching experience and knowledge. It is recommended that you are either already TEFL / TESOL certified, or enroll concurrently in a Professional TEFL / TESOL course, such as the IDELTOnline to take a Micro-credential course.

If you are not a native English speaker, we recommend an intermediate or higher level of English proficiency (minimum B1 level, according to the CEFR, the Common European Framework Reference for Language). No proof of fluency required.

You’ll have 3 months from the date of purchase to finish your Micro-credential course. These courses are self-paced, meaning you can work through your course when it’s convenient for you, with no required log-in times or assignment deadlines. Many trainees complete their program in less time – within two months, on average.

Yes! All Bridge courses have experienced tutors who work with trainees. You’ll also be assigned a personal TEFL / TESOL tutor who will offer guidance, answer questions and about course content, and provide assessed feedback during your Micro-credential training. If you have any technical problems throughout the course, you can contact visit our Support Center for assistance.

Upon successful completion of your Micro-credential course, you can download and print your certificate from our online certificate verification portal for free. Your digital badge will be issued to you via email within 7 days of completing your Micro-credential course. You may also order a hard copy certificate mailed to you anywhere in the world for an additional fee. Click here to view fees for hard copy certificate orders.

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. When your unique digital badge URL is clicked, details such as the learning objectives you mastered, specific skills you acquired, and the course accreditation are provided.

Digital badges also can be easily shared across the web in places like LinkedIn and Facebook as well as on your resume to showcase your skills and qualifications to future employers. Learn more about digital badges.

Yes, we’re continually developing new Micro-credential courses to reflect the professional development needs of global English language teachers. You can sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page to receive updates on newly launched Micro-credential courses and other TEFL / TESOL news.

There is no limit to the number of Micro-credential courses you can take and certificates/digital badges you can earn! We encourage teachers to stack these professional development courses to add to your skill set and enhance your TEFL / TESOL resume.

Yes! As with all Bridge online courses, Micro-credentials will be reflected on your Bridge TEFL / TESOL certificate. Your certificate will automatically update each time you add a new credential, and you can access it (or provide an employer with access to it) via our secure certificate verification portal.

You can complete your Micro-credential course on any device, including a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. All you’ll need is an Internet connection! However, please note that you’ll complete a tutor-assessed written assignment in order to earn your credentials. For this reason, it’s recommended that you have access to a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer to complete this portion of the course.

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