Get your feet wet with TEFL / TESOL.

Learn the basic principles of teaching English as a foreign language.

Have the option to upgrade to more hours at any time.

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Get started with the basics.

Introductory-level TEFL / TESOL certificates with English teaching basics you can build on. Upgrade to a 120-Hour Professional TEFL Certificate anytime!


40-Hour Basic
TEFL / TESOL Certificate

Get an introduction to the principles of TEFL / TESOL.

(4 CEUs)

  • Modules 1-6: EFL theory
  • Supplemental TEFL / TESOL videos
  • Tutor feedback in 2 modules
  • 100% online -flexible schedule
  • Job advising module, resources and support

60-Hour Introductory Educator
TEFL / TESOL Certificate

Build on the basics by learning practical teaching skills such as lesson planning.

(6 CEUs)

  • Modules 1-6: EFL theory
  • Supplemental TEFL / TESOL videos
  • Tutor feedback in all modules
  • 100% online -flexible schedule
  • Modules 7-13: EFL applications
  • Job advising module, resources and support

100-Hour Introductory EducatorPlus
TEFL / TESOL Certificate

Learn practical teaching skills such as lesson planning, and review and test your knowledge of English grammar.

(10 CEUs)

  • Modules 1-6: EFL theory
  • Supplemental TEFL / TESOL videos
  • Tutor feedback in all modules
  • 100% online -flexible schedule
  • Modules 7-13: EFL applications
  • Job advising module, resources and support
  • Additional Certification in Teaching English Grammar

Upgrade Anytime!

You can upgrade your Foundational Certificate to the 120-Hour Professional Master TEFL Certificate at any time to meet the hours requirement for most English teaching jobs worldwide and online. In the Master Certificate course, you’ll also get an introduction to teaching to high-demand specializations, Teaching Young Learners and Teaching Business English, to help you prepare for the classroom and stand out from other applicants.



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Earn a TEFL / TESOL Certification You Can Build On.

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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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Showcase your credentials with digital badges.

  • 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!

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Find the English teaching job that fits your needs.

With the Bridge Job Board, you can:

  • Apply to current teaching opportunities with our employment partners.
  • Access resources to support your TEFL job search.
  • Explore the various types of TEFL employment opportunities.

Who hires Bridge grads?

Our Professional Certificates prepare you for jobs with top TEFL employers– including competitive opportunities with our Preferred Employer Partners.

Learn from the experts. Meet our online TEFL course 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.

Not sure which online TEFL certificate is right for you?

Contact an advisor today!

FAQs about Foundational Courses

It is required that Bridge online course trainees are at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma, or equivalent. Trainees must also have sufficient English language ability (see chart below).

  Fluency Requirement IELTS TOEIC TOEFL IBT Cambridge BULATS EU Framework BL English Test
IDELT/CELTA/Onsite TEFL Mastery 8.0 950 110 CPE 89 C2 (Mastery) 95
IDELTOnline™ Advanced 7.0 845 95 CEA 75 C1 (Proficiency) 85
Bridge Online Courses Intermediate 5.0 650 64 PET 59 B1 (Threshold) 69

The 40-Hour Basic Certificate is perfect if you are just starting to explore TEFL / TESOL and want to get your feet wet. This is an introductory course meant to be a first step into English language teaching.

The 60-Hour Introductory Educator Certificate is a good choice if you would like to dig a little deeper and cover more English language teaching basics, as well as get more feedback on assignments from a professional tutor. This course is our core curriculum.

The 100-Hour Introductory EducatorPlus Certificate, is great if you want to cover all the TEFL / TESOL foundations. This course includes all the content from the 40 and 60-hour courses, plus Grammar Advisor, which is a grammar review course, certification, and teaching resource all in one – a must for any English language teacher.

If you take a Foundational course, you can update your course to a 120-hour Master Course at any time or add on a Specialized Certificate to add training in a high-demand area.

Most of our online TEFL courses do not require you to purchase a textbook. The tuition for Bridge Online Courses, including Specialized Certificates, is comprehensive and entirely online; nothing else needs to be purchased to complete them.

Yes! If you would like to add an in-person teaching component to any of our online TEFL courses, you can sign up for our 20-hour Specialized Certificate: Guided Teaching Practicum.

Online Bridge certifications are recognized and accepted worldwide, particularly in regions such as Asia and Latin America. Keep in mind that TEFL certification is often just one of the typical requirements to teach English as a foreign language, and some schools may also require a bachelor’s degree or teaching experience. For more information on country-specific requirements for teaching English abroad, please review our Jobs at a Glance chart or contact a program advisor teaching experience. Successful completion of a TEFL certification does not guarantee employment in any country.

Absolutely! You may upgrade your 40-hour Basic, 60-hour Introductory Educator, or 100-hour Introductory EducatorPlus TEFL / TESOL Online course at any time by clicking on the "Upgrade" button from inside your course.

You may access your certificate after you have completed and passed all of the components of your course. You will be assigned a unique certificate code which may be entered into our secure Certificate Verification System by you or any employer you share it with. There, it is possible to download and print your certificate as well as read a summary of each course component's content, and see the grade that you received for each component. Click here to visit the certificate system.

You may also order a hard copy of your certificate (notarized or with apostille authentication) on that same page or from inside your course.

No, your TEFL certificate does not expire. However, some employers may be wary of certificates that were earned too far in the past, so if you are applying to your first teaching jobs a year or more after getting certified, you may want to consider adding an upgrade in order to freshen up your skills.

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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