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The 120-Hour Bridge Master Certificate is a self-paced, tutor-led course that meets requirements to teach English around the globe. Take this course to gain a solid background in English language teaching methodology and effective lesson planning to enter the classroom with confidence. Not your average 120-Hour TEFL certification, this course is recommended for undergraduate-level university credits by the American Council on Education, and like all Bridge courses, it’s offered on our state-of-the-art online learning platform with dynamic course features.
Considering teaching English online? Combine this course with Teaching English Online Certification for our Comprehensive TEFL/TESOL Certification Bundle – the best value!

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Master TEFL Certificate

(6 Credits - 12 CEUs)

Qualify for jobs and learn the teaching methodologies and lesson planning skills you need to enter the classroom with confidence.


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Course Features

Dynamic Content
  • Through interactive exercises and practice activities that check comprehension, you’ll actively engage with the course content as you progress through your training.
Downloadable Resources
  • The courses include plenty of infographics and other useful resources you can download, save, and refer back to when you’re teaching.
Teaching Videos
  • You won’t just read about activities you can use in the classroom; you’ll see experienced teachers using them!
Interactive Platform:
Tutor and Discussion Board
  • You’ll have a personal tutor who provides feedback on assignments and answers questions throughout the course. You’ll also share ideas and experiences with other trainees around the world on the class discussion board.

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100% online

Start anytime and work from any device.

Personal tutor

Get feedback and ask questions throughout the course.

Flexible schedule

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

Interactive content

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

Internationally-recognized credentials

Receive a 120-hour accredited TEFL/TESOL certificate and verifiable digital badge.

University credit and continuing education units

Earn up to 6 college credits through ACE Credit and up to 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Job placement assistance

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

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student Bridge 120-Hour Master TEFL Certificate Course Information

Length 12 weeks
Start date The course starts the day you enroll.
Certification hours 120

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Format 100% online and self-paced.
Language requirements B1 CEFR level; proof of language proficiency is not required. (See Requirements below for more details.)
Instructors Personal tutor (experienced ESL/EFL instructor) to grade assignments and provide support.
College credits available 6 undergraduate-level credits (Learn more about earning college credit below.)
CEUs available 12 CEUs (Learn more about earning CEUs below.)
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Targeted, interactive modules on essential topics in teaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening to speakers of other languages.

Module 01 English: The Language and Its Contexts
Module 02 Classroom Management
Module 03 Language Systems and Skills, and a Brief History of English
Module 04 Acquiring a New Language
Module 05 Testing for the EFL/ESL Student
Module 06 Culture and the EFL/ESL Classroom
Module 07 Teaching the Receptive Skills: Reading and Listening
Module 08 Productive Skills - Speaking and Writing
Module 09 Teaching Vocabulary
Module 10 Teaching Grammar
Module 11 Teaching Phonology
Module 12 Planning Lessons
Module 13 Using Visual Aids, Technology, Activities and Games

Module Quizzes

Instructional Videos

Tutor Graded Assignments

Access to Resources: EFL/ESL Glossary Grammar Tools

Get an overview of the English grammar terminology and structures you’ll need to know to effectively teach ESL/EFL, such as verb tenses, parts of speech, sentence structure, and more.

For additional support while you’re teaching, you can access the Specialized Certificate in Teaching English Grammar a full year, including the "Ask the Grammar Advisor" feature, through which you can submit your grammar questions to our team of experts and receive a personalized response.

Module 01 Words – Basic Components
Module 02 Content Words – Nouns and Verbs
Module 03 Content Words – Adjectives and Adverbs
Module 04 Function Words – Articles and Pronouns
Module 05 Sentences – Simple
Module 06 Function Words – Prepositions and Conjunctions
Module 07 Verb Tenses – Overview
Module 08 Verbs – Passive Voice
Module 09 Verbs – Modals
Module 10 Verbs – Conditional Meaning
Module 11 Mood – Imperative and Subjunctive
Module 12 Sentences – Complex
Module 13 Teaching Grammar

Module Quizzes

Instructional Videos

Animated Explainer Videos

Resources Download

Discussion Board Activities

These two modules provide a preliminary introduction to Teaching Young Learners and Business Professionals. You’ll learn the basics of designing and delivering effective lessons specific to learners in these high-demand teaching areas, and create a foundation for future study.

Module 01 Teaching Young Learners
Module 02 Teaching Business English

Module Quizzes
Learning Objectives

When you graduate this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Analyze the personal characteristics, roles, and habits of successful EFL teachers and learners.
  • Identify the characteristics of effective classroom instructions and strategies.
  • Categorize English into language systems: vocabulary, grammatical structure, phonology, and function to help focus on specific areas of language study and instruction.
  • Explain the reasons and methods for testing English language learners.
  • Outline the components that thorough lesson plans should have and prepare effective lesson plans for an EFL classroom that integrate effective activities supported with classroom visual aids and technology.
  • Identify the key elements of English grammar and plan grammar lessons with non-traditional instructional strategies, such as games and music.
  • Identify and differentiate current education strategies to design EFL/ESL lesson plans for a range of young learners and integrate the principles of first and second language acquisition pedagogy to teach young learners.
  • Identify and apply current adult language characteristics and educational theories to design lesson plans that meet Business English class goals and objectives

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! If you’re already teaching, you’ll find helpful information on continuing professional development. 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

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.
Technology Internet access with the ability to stream and watch videos. Access to desktop/laptop computer highly recommended.

This course has been evaluated and recommended for 6 semester hours of undergraduate college credit by The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®).

To qualify to earn ACE CREDIT for the Master Certificate, TEFL trainees should either have already completed a bachelor’s degree or currently be enrolled in a degree program as at least a junior in standing, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

If you would like to earn college credit for the Master Certificate, we recommend confirming that your college or university will consider ACE credit recommendations for transfer credit.

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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The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) is the regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and the regulator of vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland.

Bridge courses have been similarly reviewed and recommended for university credit equivalencies by The American Council on Education (ACE Credit) and many university partners. Bridge is a post-secondary institution accredited by ACCET (recognized by the U.S. Department of Education) and AQUEDUTO (Association for Quality Education and Training Online). Our certifications are regulated by our accrediting agencies, and we ensure that the targeted knowledge, skills, and outcomes are addressed through depictive course assessments. Further, we are committed to making sure that our learners have a positive experience from start to finish and that our programs prepare modern teachers for career success.

To learn more about Bridge’s accreditation and university credit opportunities, please review the following chart. Please note that Ofqual equivalencies are equated to the university credit recommendations provided by the American Council on Education (ACE Credit®) and our university partners.


Level 7
(International Diploma in English Language Teaching)
150 hours
Level 6
Master TEFL Certificate
120 Hours
Level 5
Specialized Certificates
(20-60 hours)
Level 4
(10-30 hours)

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Common Questions about the 120-Hour Master Certificate

You must be at least 18 years and have a high school diploma or the equivalent to take this course. If English is not your first language, you must also have an English proficiency level of at least B1 (according to the Common European Framework), which is a score of approximately 5.0 on the IELTS test.

The average amount of time most students take to complete the 120-hour course is 6 weeks, but you may take more or less time, depending on factors such as your other time obligations, how quickly you work, and how many hours you are able to dedicate to the course per week.

You have three months to complete this course. If you need more time, you may purchase a 3-month extension. This may be done while your course is still active or up to a year after it has expired.

No textbook is required for this course. All the materials you’ll need are available in the online platform.

Yes, it is. You can log in anytime and work on your own schedule when it’s convenient for you. Please note, however, that your personal tutor will provide feedback and a grade on at least one assignment for each of the 13 modules, and he or she requires one business day to do so.

There is no final exam in the 120-Hour Master Certificate course.

Each of the 13 modules of the course has a graded, written assignment and a final, multiple-choice quiz at the end, both of which average together to determine your grade for that module. Your final grade in the Master Certificate course is an average of your grades in all 13 modules

The Master Certificate course also includes a 40-hour Grammar Teaching component (Grammar Advisor), which has 12 modules, each with a final quiz. Grammar Advisor is “pass/fail,” meaning your quiz grades do not count toward your grade in the Master Certificate course, but you’ll need an average score of 70% or higher on all 12 modules to receive Grammar Advisor certification and 40 hours’ credit toward your full 120-hour certification.

Yes. There are 1-2 required written assignments per module in this core curriculum of this course (a total of 16 assignments). Each assignment is about 500-800 words. When you submit an assignment, your tutor will provide feedback and a grade on it by end of the following business day.

There are no written assignments required in the Grammar Advisor or component or the specialized introductory modules Teaching Young Learners or Teaching business English.

It is unlikely you will fail the course since your final grade is an average of 13 modules’ grades. Each module’s grade is made up of two components: the module assignment(s) and the module quiz. If you fail a module quiz, you cannot retake it; however, if you fail a module assignment, you have one chance to resubmit it for a passing grade.

Bridge’s online courses require access to the Internet, including the ability to watch online videos. The courses may be completed on any device, including a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

No, it doesn’t, but you can add one!

If you’d like classroom-based teaching practice, the 20-hour Guided Teaching Practicum. provides the opportunity to get hands-on experience in a real ESL classroom and meet the requirements of more teaching jobs.

For those interested in teaching English online, Bridge recommends bundling this course with Specialized TEFL/TESOL Certification in Teaching English Online. You then have the option to add our first-of-its-kind Practicum in Teaching Online to apply what you’ve learned by delivering online English lessons to real students via an online Learning Management System (LMS).

The Master Certificate provides a strong foundation in English language teaching methodology, lesson planning, and grammar, but it does not offer training in teaching English online, which requires specialized skills.

If you’d like to teach English online, combine this course with Specialized Certification in Teaching English Online for the Comprehensive 240-Hour TEFL/TESOL Certification Bundle. You’ll start with the Master Certificate, then take Foundations and Advanced Methods in Teaching English Online to learn the specific skills needed for virtual instruction, as well as commonly used technology, software, and teaching tools.

Yes! The course itself includes a section about professional development, with job tips by region, resume help, and other resources. You’ll also get access to the Bridge Job Board, where pre-approved employers post open teaching positions around the globe to which you can apply.

Yes! Our online TEFL courses are ACCET-accredited and may be taken for CEUs. You earn 1 CEU for every 10 hours of TEFL certification. For example, an online TEFL course of 100 hours would be eligible for 10 CEUs. Click here to learn more about CEUs.

Yes! The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) has evaluated and recommended up to six semester hours of undergraduate college credit for the Master Certificate. If you would like to earn university credit for this course, we recommend TEFL trainees have already completed a bachelor’s degree or are currently enrolled in a degree program as at least a junior in standing, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

If you meet the above requirements, the next step is to confirm that your college or university will consider ACE credit recommendations for transfer credit. You can do this by first checking the ACE Credit College and University Network of institutions. Please note, some schools choose not to be listed, but do accept ACE CREDIT-recommended courses for credit. Therefore, whether you find your school listed or not, please contact the institution's admissions office to confirm their transfer policies.

To learn more about earning college credit for your TEFL course, please contact tefladmissions@bridge.edu.

Both of these online Bridge courses are Professional TEFL/TESOL Certificates, which means they provide initial training for new teachers, preparing you for all aspects of the English language classroom, including lesson planning, teaching the four skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), teaching grammar, and classroom management.

The university-affiliated, 150-HourInternational Diploma in English Language Teaching (IDELTOnline™) is a graduate-level course. It’s our most advanced, interactive TEFL/TESOL training and our most recommended course.

The 120-Hour Bridge Master Certificate is a self-paced, tutor-led course that meets certification requirements to teach English. It can be taken for undergraduate-level and like all Bridge courses, it’s offered on our state-of-the-art online learning platform with dynamic course features.

Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the differences between these two courses:


  • This 12-week course is highly recommended for both new and experienced teachers looking for the most comprehensive training in methodology, theory, and applications for the ESL/EFL classroom.
  • The course functions like many online university courses with interaction between you, your instructor, and other trainees. You’ll take part in collaborative activities, post on class discussion boards, and attend optional live sessions.
  • As part of an IDELTOnline™ cohort (or group), you’ll work closely with about 10-12 other teacher trainees worldwide, interacting and completing peer projects.
  • The schedule is flexible. While there is no set time or date when you’re required to log in to work on your course, weekly due dates for assignments will keep you on track.
  • It’s a university-level course recommended for 9 graduate-level credits by the American Council on Education and accepted for transfer credit into MA TESOL Pathway Programs by Bridge university partners worldwide. (This is optional and you do not need to be enrolled in a university to take this course).
  • You’ll earn a prestigious, university-affiliated, and fully accredited certification you can showcase to stand out when applying for the most competitive jobs!

Bridge’s Master Certificate is a very flexible, self-study TEFL/TESOL course that meets requirements for teaching positions at languages institutes and schools worldwide. 

  • It’s a great choice for new and experienced teachers looking for essential training in English language teaching methods.
  • The course is self-paced so you’ll work independently, submitting assignments to your personal tutor for feedback.
  • There are no specific deadlines to submit your work as long as you finish within three months (extensions are available).
  • The course has been recommended for 6 undergraduate-level credits by the American Council on Education. (This is optional and you do not need to be enrolled in a university to take this course.)
  • You’ll earn an accredited, internationally recognized TEFL/TESOL certification that meets requirements for teaching jobs worldwide.

Qualify to Teach English in the Classroom and Online:

The Comprehensive Certification Bundle

The future of English teaching is blended – in-person and online. Combine a Professional TEFL/TESOL Certification with Specialized Certification in Teaching English Online to gain the skills and credentials you’ll need to succeed. Plus, save when you bundle!

  • Qualify for top English teaching positions worldwide and online.
  • Earn versatile, internationally recognized certification.
  • Gain a strong foundation in TEFL/TESOL methodology before mastering the terms, technology, and teaching tools used in the virtual classroom.
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