Learn teaching theory and practical skills!

The 60-Hour Introductory Educator TEFL/TESOL Certification course offers an affordable, accredited option for teachers seeking to acquire both a foundation in TEFL/TESOL theory and practical teaching skills they can apply in the classroom.

This self-study course prepares teachers to design effective lesson plans for teaching reading, writing, listening, and speaking. This course can easily be upgraded to the 120-Hour Master Certificate at any time!


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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 board.

Certificate of completion
Verifiable by employers.

Continuing education units
Earn up to 6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Job placement assistance
Access our global job network via the Bridge Job Board and get matched with preferred employer partners through Bridge TEFLConnection.

Upgrade anytime
Start with the 60-Hour Introductory Educator Certificate and upgrade to the 120-Hour Master Certification at any time.

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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.


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 

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.

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.

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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?

Get a solid background in EFL teaching methodology.

Learn practical application of teaching theories, such as how to design effective lesson plans.

Upgrade to a Professional TEFL/TESOL certificate of 120 hours at any time.


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 60-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 60-Hour Introductory Educator Certificate course. Each of the 13 modules has a final, multiple-choice quiz at the end, and most also have required written assignments. The quiz and module assignments (if there are any in that module) average together to make your total grade for a given module. Your final grade in the course is an average of your grades in all 13 modules.

Yes. There are 1-2 required written assignments per module in this course. 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.

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 at least one 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 online TEFL/TESOL courses require access to the Internet, including the ability to watch online videos using a flash player, such as Adobe. The courses may be completed on any device, including a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

No, it does not, but you can add one by registering for the 20-hour Guided Teaching Practicum. This practicum provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a real ESL classroom and meet the requirements of more teaching jobs.

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, definitely! Upgrading to the 120-Hour Master Certificate is easy, and you can do it anytime from right within in your course. You won’t repeat any sections if you upgrade; you’ll simply build on the coursework you’ve already completed.

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.

Earn a TEFL/TESOL certification you can build on.


Demonstrate your expertise with a lifetime certificate.

  • Download and print your TEFL/TESOL certificate for free.
  • All Bridge certifications are detailed on your certificate, including Primary and Specialized.
  • Courses are stackable! The total number of hours you completed is indicated, and this number updates each time you add another course.
  • Option to order a hard copy certificate mailed to anywhere in the world!


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  • Share your badges everywhere employers are looking, including LinkedIn, your resume, and your email signature.
  • Employers can click on your badge to see detailed, verifiable information about the course you completed.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to lifelong learning – earn a new digital badge for every Bridge course you take!

We'll help you find your dream TEFL job. Here's how.


With the Bridge Job Board, you can:

  • Access hundreds of current teaching vacancies posted by our employment partners.
  • Create a Teacher Portfolio to highlight your Bridge certification and other qualifications.
  • Search recommended jobs teaching English online, get answers to FAQs about online teaching, and learn how to get started in the field.
  • Get matched with jobs from our preferred Employer Partners via Bridge TEFLConnection.

Who hires Bridge grads?

Our 60-Hour Introductory Educator Certification is the perfect foundation for your English teaching career. Easily upgrade to the 120–Hour Master Certificate at any time to qualify for jobs with top TEFL/TESOL employers worldwide and online, including competitive opportunities with our Preferred Employer Partners.

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