The path to your future just got clearer.

Invest in yourself with our most advanced TEFL/TESOL certification course, the 150-hour, graduate-level IDELTOnline™. You’ll join an international cohort of trainees to learn the most current methodology for teaching English to speakers of other languages, under the guidance of a master’s-level instructor. This course is also a pathway to future studies; you’ll have the option to earn graduate credits that transfer to over 1,600 universities or that can be applied toward an MA TESOL program with Bridge partner universities.


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100% Online
Work from any device.

Cohort of classmates
Train with an interactive group of peers from around the world.

Structured, 12-week schedule
Choose from monthly course start dates.

Interactive content
Stay engaged with live sessions, interactive e-textbook, quizzes & activities, and discussion board.

Internationally-recognized credentials
Receive a 150-hour accredited TEFL/TESOL certification and verifiable digital badge upon completion.

Graduate-level credits and CEUs
Earn 6 graduate-level credits transferable to over 1,600 universities and over 15 Continuing Education Units.

Job placement assistance
Access our global job network via the Bridge Job Board and connect with Bridge Preferred Employment Partners.

Master’s-level instructor
Receive guidance and feedback from a qualified, experienced instructor.

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The Bridge IDELTOnline™ is more than a TEFL/TESOL certification program, it’s a stepping stone to career advancement! The course has been recommended by The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) for 6 graduate-level university credits, which can be transferred to over 1,600 colleges and universities. The IDELTOnline™ has also been approved by the following universities as a direct pathway to their graduate certificate, master’s degree, or doctorate programs.

Look Inside Our Graduate-Level Course Curriculum.

The IDELTOnline™ covers effective, modern methodology for professional teachers of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).

Language Systems
How to Teach Grammar and Vocabulary
Effective Teaching all Four Language Skills
Classroom Management
Lesson Planning
Testing and Evaluation
Learning Objectives

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

  • Articulate a personal teaching philosophy using a broad technical, professional vocabulary

  • Demonstrate comprehension of the implications of learning contexts and student profiles on teaching decisions

  • Compare and contrast language acquisition principles and apply this knowledge to classroom teaching decisions

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the components of the English in order to sequence and plan learning activities

  • Define the characteristics of learners at different stages of life, concentrating on what adult learners need

  • Identify the qualities of a "good" teacher through an explanation of the different roles teachers assume

  • Articulate how an effective error treatment strategy promotes learning; define the importance of giving good feedback

  • Demonstrate understanding of the 4 skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening) and identify concepts important to teaching them

  • Develop vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation lesson sequences

  • Write actionable, measurable learning objectives

  • Design a complete lesson plan with rationale based in research

  • Develop and defend an assessment strategy for a given context and class profile


  • While the course curriculum is mainly focused on methodology, other aspects of English language teaching, such as applicable theories in linguistics and education, are also addressed. Additionally, students develop their own Philosophy of Teaching Statement, design and develop a detailed lesson plan, and complete a Research Summary project throughout the course.

Week 1, Module 1 English: The Language and Its Contexts
Week 2, Module 2 Learning and Principles for Instruction
Week 3, Module 3 Instructional Approaches and Methods
Week 4, Module 4 Learners and Teachers in the Multicultural Classroom
Week 5, Module 5 Planning for Successful Instruction
Week 6, Module 6 Knowing That Learning Has Happened
Week 7, Module 7 Promoting and Managing Student Interaction
Week 8, Module 8 Teaching Grammar, Vocabulary, and Pronunciation
Week 9, Module 9 Promoting Skills Instruction: Listening and Speaking
Week 10, Module 10 Planning Skills Instruction: Reading and Writing
Week 11, Module 11 Teacher Professional Development
Week 12, Module 12 Course Conclusion: Philosophy of Teaching Statement

7 Module Quizzes

4 Live Instructor Sessions

3 Projects

20 Discussion Board Activities 

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

This course includes the option to add a blended or 100% virtual teaching practicum. Most trainees enroll in the practicum at the time of their IDELTOnline™ enrollment, but begin this practical component after they complete the IDELTOnline™ course.

Guided Teaching Practicum Certification (20 hours, blended)

This blended (online and classroom-based) English teaching practicum provides new teachers with valuable hands-on experience and meets hiring requirements for the most competitive teaching jobs worldwide.

You’ll set up and complete your practicum, working with an onsite mentor at the center of your choice, anywhere in the world. The practicum requires completion of the following components, for a total of 20 hours of certification (the standard requirement for most employers).

  • 10 hours of tutor-guided online preparation
  • 5 hours of EFL teacher observation
  • 5 hours of hands-on teaching practice in a real EFL classroom

Upon IDELTOnline™ and Guided Teaching Practicum completion, graduates receive a 170-hour TEFL/TESOL certification.

Teaching English Online Certification/Practicum (180 hours, online)

For those who are interested in teaching English online, Bridge recommends adding the 180-hour Specialized TEFL/TESOL Certification in Teaching English Online series to the IDELTOnline™. This three-course training includes a first-of-its-kind, 100% online teaching practicum.

After completing the first two courses in the series, Foundations and Advanced Methods in Teaching English Online, you’ll apply what you’ve learned in the virtual practicum by delivering online English lessons to real students via an online Learning Management System (LMS). You’ll also create a portfolio of recorded teaching sessions to showcase your expertise to future employers.

The practicum requires completion of the following for a total of 60 hours of certification:

  • Determine an online student’s learning objectives and goals
  • Find appropriate online lesson plan content based on a student’s needs
  • Use online scheduling software to manage your students
  • Conduct an online class using software such as:
  • Conduct an online class using software such as:
    • • Interactive and digital whiteboards
    • • Pen tools
    • • Split screen share
    • • Video and audio conferencing
  • Troubleshoot common technical problems
  • Apply concepts of Reflective Teaching Practice
  • Observe and assess video demos of online teachers
  • Observe and assess your own recorded teaching performance

Upon completion of the IDELTOnline™ and 180-Hour Certification in Teaching English Online, graduates receive a 330-hour TEFL/TESOL certification.

Take the next step in your academic journey and career.

Qualified enrollees have the option of taking the Bridge IDELTOnline™ for transferrable undergraduate or graduate-level credits or as a pathway into M.A. TESOL programs with our university partners.

The IDELTOnline™ has been evaluated and recommended for 6 semester hours of college credit by The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®). Course graduates can present a nationally recognized transcript for the IDELTOnline™ to the college or university of their choice for the potential award of academic credit.

Bridge also partners with universities in the U.S. and abroad that accept the IDELTOnline™ as a pathway to their graduate certificate, master’s degree, or doctorate programs in TESOL and related fields. (Scholarships also available). Learn more.

If you would like to earn university credit for the IDELTOnline™, we recommend meeting the following requirements:

Graduate Credit

1. Completed bachelor’s degree or currently at least a junior in standing in a bachelor’s degree program with a 3.0+ GPA 2. Pass IDELTOnline™ course with at least an 80%

Undergraduate Credit

1. Enrolled in or completed a bachelor’s degree program 2. For upper-division credit, currently at least a junior in standing with a 3.0+ GPA

If you are interested in earning university credit for the IDELTOnline™, please contact

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/TESOL programs, can be taken for 1 CEU per 10 hours of 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 will be expected to show proof of English fluency (C1 level, according to the CEFR, the Common European Framework Reference for Language). Your English level must be verified with the results of a recently taken English proficiency test (showing the equivalent to an IELTS test score of at least 7.0) or via an English proficiency test administered by Bridge.
  • You will also be required to purchase a textbook for the IDELTOnline™: Teaching by Principles: An Interactive Approach to Language Pedagogy 4th Edition by H. Douglas Brown and Heekong Lee (2015). This textbook can be ordered online and shipped worldwide by most major book distribution companies. There is also an eTextbook version available directly from Pearson publishing.

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

Imagine the possibilities! You have the option of combining the 150-Hour IDELTOnline™ with the 120-Hour Specialized Certification in Teaching English Online for our upgraded Comprehensive 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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Explore the Course Features

Interactive Platform

  • Access the 100% online course from any device.
  • Content delivered on a Learning Management System used by top universities.
  • Easy navigation and ongoing progress-tracking.

Live Lecture Sessions

  • Four live sessions throughout your course, scheduled at your convenience.
  • Meet with your instructor and other trainees.
  • Review content learned, ask questions, discuss topics of interest.

Discussion Boards

  • Get to know your classmates as part of an online learning community.
  • Collaborate with diverse trainees to share teaching ideas.
  • Receive instructor support and guidance through messaging and discussion posts.

Engaging & Collaborative Projects

  • Throughout the course, use feedback to develop a Philosophy of Teaching statement you will finalize before graduation.
  • Receive continual peer and instructor input to develop the final version of your lesson plan.
  • Complete a research report on your chosen English language teaching/learning topic.

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Meet Our IDELTOnline™ Instructors!

Our MA TESOL-qualified instructors bring their English teaching knowledge and years of experience to the virtual IDELTOnline™ classroom.

Why Should You Take This Course?

Earn the most advanced online TEFL/TESOL certification available.

Earn graduate-level credits toward further studies, including master’s programs with Bridge university partners.

Qualify for the best jobs worldwide and stand out to employers with a 150-hour, university-affiliated certification.

Stay on track with a structured, 12-week course schedule and weekly due dates for assignments.

Learn from a master’s level instructor who offers guidance and answers questions.

Join a cohort of international trainees, rather than studying individually.

Meet Bridge IDELTOnline™ Graduates

Teachers around the globe at all stages of their careers choose the Bridge International Diploma in English Language Teaching to expand their job opportunities, grow professionally, and become better teachers.

Allysson Gagne

From the U.S., Teaching English in the U.S.

When I was looking for an ESL certification course, the IDELTOnline™ stood out because it wasn’t the commitment of a full master’s degree; it was a fast-paced program; it wasn’t overwhelmingly expensive. I liked it because it covered a lot of topics and things to be aware of in the classroom. I regularly recommend it to friends who are interested in ESL."

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Evgenii Golubev

From Russia, Teaching English in Kuwait

The reason I took the IDELT is because I am willing to challenge myself, grow professionally, and become recognized and appreciated as a non-native English teacher. The courses provided by Bridge are informative and the instructors are real experts in their field; they know what they are doing and how to best deliver the course!”

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From Brazil, Teaching English Online

The IDELTOnline course has helped me in countless ways. It taught me how to reflect upon my journey as a learner, how to consider different ways of learning, new ideas for activities, lesson planning, assessment, and more.”

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Jorge Vergara

From Chile, Teaching English in Chile

It helped me focus on how important it is to create a good plan and organized class, taking into consideration the physical and psychological environment to ensure effective communication. The IDELT encouraged me to be aware of the constant changes and challenges of teaching English and the importance of developing strategies to reach an effective learning process.”

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The course is 12 weeks long, and trainees must work through the course as a group, completing assignments weekly. However, the course provides flexibility during the week to access the course and complete assignments when it is convenient for you.

Yes. There is a required textbook for the IDELTOnline™, which is called Teaching by Principles: An Interactive Approach to Language Pedagogy 4th Edition by H. Douglas Brown and Heekong Lee (2015). This textbook can be ordered online and shipped worldwide by most major book distribution companies. There is also an eText version available directly from Pearson publishing.

Yes. There are readings and forum postings required each week, as well as weekly comprehension quizzes. You’ll also complete 3 written assignments as part of the course, and the master’s-level instructor provides guidance and feedback on all written work.

To take the IDELTOnline™ you must be 18 years or older with at least a high school diploma or the equivalent. If you are not a native English speaker, you must demonstrate English proficiency at a minimum of a C1 level (according to the Common European Framework (CEFR), or have earned the equivalent to an IELTS test score of 7.0.

The IDELTOnline™ is accessed and delivered online, so you must have access to the Internet, including the ability to watch online videos using Adobe Flash Player. The IDELTOnline™ may be completed on any device, including a desktop computer, laptop computer, tablet or smartphone.

Yes! The Bridge IDELTOnline™ offers several options for university credit. Requirements and fees for earning credit are outlined below.

The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) has evaluated and recommended for 6 semester hours of college credit for the IDELTOnline. Graduates can request a transcript (for a $25 fee) which can be presented to any of the more than 2,000 colleges and universities that consider ACE CREDIT recommendations, thus opening the door to bachelor’s, master’s, and even doctoral-level studies.

Bridge also partners with a number of specific universities in the U.S. and abroad that accept the IDELTOnline™ as a pathway to their graduate certificate, master’s or doctorate degree programs in TESOL (or offer scholarships for IDELTOnline™ graduates). Learn more about our university pathways partners.

If you would like to earn university credit for the IDELTOnline™, we recommend trainees meeting the following requirements:

Graduate Credit

  • Completed bachelor’s degree or currently at least a junior in standing in a bachelor’s degree program with a 3.0+ GPA
  • Students must pass IDELTOnline™ course with at least an 80% to be eligible.

Undergraduate Credit

  • Enrolled in or completed a bachelor’s degree program
  • For upper division credit, currently at least a junior in standing with a 3.0+ GPA If you are interested in earning university credit for the IDELTOnline™, please contact

You may add a teaching practicum to this or any Bridge TEFL course. The 20-hour Specialized Certificate: Guided Teaching Practicum can be completed from anywhere in the world and provides the framework for trainees to gain hands-on experience in a real ESL classroom and meet the requirements of more teaching jobs around the world.

For those who are interested in teaching English online, Bridge recommends adding the 180-hour Specialized TEFL/TESOL Certification in Teaching English Online series, which includes an online teaching practicum. In the practicum, trainees gain experience teaching online English lessons to real students and create a portfolio of recorded teaching sessions to showcase their expertise employers.

The IDELTOnline 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 online, combine this course with Specialized Certification in Teaching English Online for the Comprehensive TEFL/TESOL Certification Bundle. You’ll start with the IDELTOnline 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.

You can download, save, and print your certificate from the online platform free of charge, once the instructor has posted final grades. If you would like a hard copy mailed to you (with notarization or apostille) you may order that for an additional fee. Visit Certificate Services to learn more.

Yes! The IDELTOnline™ is ACCET-accredited and may be taken for Continuing Education Units. Bridge online TEFL/TESOL course graduates earn 1 CEU for every 10 hours of certification, so this course bestows 15 CEUs. Click here to learn more about CEUs.

Yes! In addition to access to the BridgeTEFL Job Board, the Bridge IDELTOnline™ includes our highest level of job placement assistance, which is personalized and never expires. At any point after you graduate from the IDELTOnline™, you are encouraged to consult with one of our Jobs Advisors (all of whom have experience teaching English abroad) by phone or email.

Our advisors can guide you through the job search process by providing location-specific TEFL job resources, facilitating networking opportunities with schools and recruiters, offering advice, and even reviewing your TEFL resume.

At checkout, you should choose the option to pay by credit card with installments. When you choose to pay for your course in installments, our online payment system will automatically charge your credit card on pre-scheduled dates and intervals based on your date of purchase and the payment plan you select. No special promotions (including promo codes) can be applied if you elect to pay for your course via installments. The IDELTOnline™ is the only product that installment payments can be used for. If you have additional products in your cart, you will not see the installment payment option available at check out.

If you have questions regarding installment payments, please email Please refer to our Terms & Conditions for full details.

Assignments (such as quizzes and written tasks) are due on a weekly basis, allowing for flexibility for students with a busy schedule. Your overall grade for the course will be based on the successful and timely completion of quizzes, forum discussions, and various projects, and will be calculated as follows:

  • Weekly reading comprehension quizzes 6%
  • Weekly written analysis and discussion posts 41%
  • Lesson Plan Project 27%
  • Research Summary and Application Project 13%
  • Philosophy of Teaching Statement 13%

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Earn a TEFL/TESOL Certification You Can Build On.


Demonstrate your expertise with lifetime certification

  • Your hard copy, 150-hour certificate will be mailed to you, featuring the embossed Bridge seal, a foil strip for added security, and detailed transcripts on the back.
  • All Bridge certifications are detailed on your certificate, including Primary and Specialized Training.
  • Courses are stackable! The total number of hours you completed is indicated, and this number updates each time you add another course.
  • You can also access your certificate online, where you can download, share, or print it anytime for free.


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  • Demonstrate your commitment to lifelong learning – earn a digital badge for the IDELTOnline™ and every Bridge course you take!
  • 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.

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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, get answers to FAQs about teaching, and learn about how to get started.

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The 150-Hour IDELTOnline™ prepares you for jobs with top TEFL/TESOL employers worldwide and online – including competitive opportunities with our Preferred Employment Partners.
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