Qualify for jobs worldwide with our most popular TEFL certification.

The 120-Hour Master TEFL/TESOL Certification course offers affordable, tutor-guided, self-paced certification for teachers of English to speakers of other languages.

Combine this course with Teaching English Online Certification for our Comprehensive TEFL/TESOL Certification Bundle – the best value!


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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 board.

Certificate of completion and digital badge
Qualify for 1,000s of jobs worldwide with an internationally recognized certificate and stackable 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 our global job network via the Bridge Job Board and Preferred Employment Partners.

English Proficiency Level Requirement: B1 CEFR Level

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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


Course Curriculum
  • Targeted, interactive modules on essential topics in teaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening to speakers of other languages. The course is 100% online and lessons are delivered via reading assignments, videos, interactive assessments, and quizzes.

    Throughout the 13 modules, you will complete lesson plans and other short, written assignments, such as essays or sample lesson plans, that will be submitted to your personal tutor for feedback and a grade. Your tutor is also available via the convenient communication feed to answer any questions you have as you work through your course.

Module 1 The Role of the Teacher and Learner and Language Learning Methodology
Module 2 Classroom Management
Module 3 Language Systems and Skills, and a Brief History of English
Module 4 Acquiring a New Language
Module 5 Testing for the EFL/ESL Student
Module 6 Culture and the EFL/ESL Classroom
Module 7 Teaching the Receptive Skills: Reading and Listening
Module 8 Productive Skills - Speaking and Writing
Module 9 Teaching Vocabulary
Module 10 Teaching Grammar
Module 11 Teaching Phonology
Module 12 Planning Lessons
Module 13 Using Visual Aids, Technology, Activities and Games

13 Module Quizzes

18 Instructional Videos

16 Tutor Graded Assignments

Access to Resources: EFL/ESL Glossary Grammar Tools

The Grammar Advisor component of your Master Certificate program is a 40-hour grammar refresher course, certification, and teaching resource all in one. It provides 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.

Each of the 13 self-study modules of Grammar Advisor includes reading, interactive activities, downloads, practice quizzes, and explainer videos to help you gain a deeper understanding of grammar in context.

For additional support while you’re teaching, you can access Grammar Advisor 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 1 Words – Basic Components
Module 2 Content Words – Nouns and Verbs
Module 3 Content Words – Adjectives and Adverbs
Module 4 Function Words – Articles and Pronouns
Module 5 Sentences – Simple
Module 6 Function Words – Prepositions and Conjunctions
Module 7 Verb Tenses – Overview
Module 8 Verbs – Passive Voice
Module 9 Verbs – Modals
Module 10 Verbs – Conditional Meaning
Module 11 Mood – Imperative and Subjunctive
Module 12 Sentences – Complex
Module 13 Teaching Grammar

12 Module Quizzes

14 Module Videos

47 Animated Explainer Videos

13 Resources Download

13 Discussion Board Activies

These two, 10-hour modules go beyond general training by providing 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.

2 Module Quizzes

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 1 Finding a Job, Downloading Your Certificate, and Updating Your Resume
Module 2 Stay Connected with Bridge!
Module 3 TEFL/TESOL Professional Development Opportunities
Take the next step in your academic journey and career.

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. You can also contact a Bridge Admissions Advisor at tefladmissions@bridge.edu to learn more.

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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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Requirements to take this course:
  • 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or the equivalent
  • If English is not your first language, you must have an intermediate or higher level of English proficiency (B1 level, according to the CEFR, the Common European Framework Reference for Language) which is a score of approximately 5.0 on the IELTS test.

What makes Bridge's online TEFL courses different?

Responsive Design

This online TEFL/TESOL course can be completed on any device. On the go? Work on your course from your phone or tablet!

Easy Navigation

When you log in to your Bridge online course, you’ll see your course components outlined right on the navigation menu. The progress bar also helps you manage your time effectively.

Tutor Support

Your qualified and experienced personal TESOL tutor is there to guide you and answer questions through the course. You’ll receive detailed feedback and grades on written assignments.

TEFL Videos

Watch videos featuring real EFL teachers in the classroom in order to observe the techniques you’re learning about and to get ideas for new games and teaching strategies.

Interactive Content

Content is designed to directly involve you in your learning, keeping the course interesting. Clickable practice quizzes and fun exercises in every module ensure you're actively engaged in your TEFL training.

Learn from the experts. Meet our TEFL/TESOL tutors!

From the first day of your course, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will be with you throughout your training. Your tutor will provide feedback on your written assignments and answer any questions you have along the way.

Why should you take this course?

Take the 120-Hour Master TEFL Certification course to get a solid background in teaching methodology and effective lesson planning and to qualify for teaching jobs.

Exceed minimum TEFL/TESOL requirements to qualify for international teaching jobs.

Get an introduction to teaching high-demand groups: Young Learners and Business English.

Refresh your knowledge of English grammar and learn strategies for effectively teaching it.

Have the option to earn college credit and CEUs for your course.

Qualify to Teach English in the Classroom and Online: The Comprehensive Certification Bundle

Imagine the possibilities! Combine the 120-Hour Master Certificate with the 120-Hour Specialized Certification in Teaching English Online for our Comprehensive 240-Hour TEFL/TESOL Certification Bundle – the best value!

  • Earn versatile, internationally recognized certification
  • Qualify for top TEFL/TESOL positions
  • Enter any classroom with confidence
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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.

Kevin Mermel
International Program Advisor

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