Meet TEFL job requirements and gain valuable teaching skills with recognized certification. Work at your own pace.

Exceed TEFL job requirements, specialize your teaching skills, and get additional teaching resources in this self-paced course.

Stand out from the crowd with our most advanced online certification. Join a cohort of students in this instructor-guided, graduate-level training offered in partnership with US universities.

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Why should you take an International TEFL/TESOL Course?

Meet minimum certification hours required for most TEFL jobs worldwide

Have the opportunity to earn college credit

Fully prepare for the classroom with a comprehensive course

Start on the path toward a career in Teaching English as a foreign language

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 BridgeTEFL 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 BridgeTEFL course you take!

Earn university credit for your TEFL course.

The 120-Hour Master Certificate and the Bridge IDELTOnlineTM have been recommended for university credit by The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®).

The IDELTOnline may also be taken as a pathway to graduate study in TESOL through programs offered by our many MA Pathways University Partners.

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Let us help you find the perfect TEFL job

When you earn your TEFL certification from Bridge, you also receive our robust job placement assistance. Learn more about the services and resources we provide to support your job search, including lifetime, personalized Job Advising and access to the BridgeTEFL Job Board.



It is required that BridgeTEFL 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
BridgeTEFL Online Courses Intermediate 5.0 650 64 PET 59 B1 (Threshold) 69

The 100-Hour Professional Certificate, is perfect for anyone wishing to make him or herself more marketable in the TEFL job marketplace, since it meets the 100-hour minimum requirement of most English language schools abroad. This course includes video tutorials and Grammar Advisor, a grammar review course and teaching resource all in one– a must for any English language teacher.

The 120-hour Master Certificate is the most complete self-study online teacher-certification course we offer, including the core curriculum, tutor support, video tutorials, and Grammar Advisor, as well as two specialized endorsements: Teaching Business English Endorsement, and Teaching Young Learners Endorsement. The Master Certificate also includes access to a comprehensive library of lesson plans! This course is for people who want the complete TEFL package and the best value!

The 150-Hour IDELTOnline™
The Bridge International Diploma in English Language Teaching (IDELTOnline™) is a popular choice for people who are serious about their career teaching English a Foreign Language and want the highest-level online certification. It is an interactive course in which you’ll join a group of trainees who work through content together, week-by-week, under the guidance of a master’s-level instructor. This 12-week, university-level training not only qualifies graduates for the best jobs, but can be taken for college credit.

• While any of our International online courses meet TEFL requirements of 100+ hours for most teaching jobs abroad, the IDELTOnline is a more advanced, university-affiliated training. In fact, qualified IDELTOnline students can earn graduate-credit and take the course as a pathway to an MA TESOL with our university partners.

• The IDELTOnline is a 12-week course with a textbook and weekly due dates for assignments, while the other courses require no outside materials and are self-paced over 3 months.

• The IDELTOnline is more focused on teaching methodology, while our other online courses focus on practical classroom skills such as lesson planning and grammar.

• In the IDELTOnline, trainees progress through the course as a group (or “cohort”), collaborating with classmates and the instructor. In, trainees work individually with the guidance of a personal tutor.

• The IDELTOnline has set start dates, since it is a 12-week, structured course. You may start our self-paced online courses at any time.

• The 100-hour Professional and 120 hour-hour Master certificates provide standard TEFL certification to meet hiring standards for jobs abroad, while the 150-hour IDELTOnline exceeds those standards and can also be taken for graduate-level university credit.

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

The IDELTOnline course tuition includes everything except the textbook, The Practice of English Language Teaching (4th Ed. with DVD), by Jeremy Harmer. This book costs about USD $50 and can be purchased from any bookseller before the start of the class.

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 BridgeTEFL 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.

Each state has its own requirements for becoming a certified ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, but generally TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) in the U.S. is an occupation that requires a minimum of a four-year university degree and, more commonly, a Master's in TESOL. Instructors in accredited Intensive English Programs (IEPs) in the US typically must have at least a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 6 months of full-time ESL or foreign language classroom teaching experience, or a bachelor’s degree along with a certificate in teaching ESL or EFL that include a practice teaching component.

BridgeTEFL Online certification can serve as a supplemental certificate to someone who meets the aforementioned standards.

Absolutely! You may upgrade your BridgeTEFL Online course from 40 to 60, 100 or120 hours at any time by clicking on the "Upgrade" button from inside your course. If you are a student in the IDELTOnline, you may upgrade your course by adding Specialized Certificates or a Teaching Practicum.

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.