Learn how to create your own courses for specific groups of students with this Specialized Certification!
This 40-hour, comprehensive online training with tutor is designed for TEFL / TESOL certified teachers who would like to gain valuable skills in designing custom courses for particular groups of students (English for Specific Purposes). Perfect for busy professionals, this course is self-paced, with a 3-month time limit for completion, during which you may log in and work when it’s convenient for you.
Designing Custom Courses
- Through interactive exercises and practice activities that check comprehension, you’ll actively engage with the course content as you progress through your training.
Tutor and Discussion Board
- You’ll have a personal tutor who provides feedback on assignments and answers questions throughout the course. You’ll also share ideas and experiences with other trainees around the world on the class discussion board.
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Work at your own pace–complete in as little as 3 weeks!
Instructional videos, downloadable resources, quizzes & activities, and discussion board.
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Designing Custom Courses Course Information
|Start date||The course starts the day you enroll.|
|Certification hours||40 hours|
|Format||100% online and self-paced.|
|Language requirements||B1 CEFR level; proof of language proficiency is not required. (See Requirements below for more details.)|
|Instructors||Personal tutor (experienced ESL/EFL instructor) to grade assignments and provide support.|
|CEUs available||2 CEUs. (Learn more about earning CEUs below.)|
|Get answers to common course questions|
|Module 01||Introduction to Designing Custom Courses|
|Module 02||A Foundation in Discourse|
|Module 03||Determining Target Needs|
|Module 04||Analyzing and Organizing Needs|
|Module 05||Student-Centered Course Objectives|
|Module 06||Creating the Syllabus|
|Module 07||Creating, Selecting, and Adapting Materials|
|Module 08||Appropriate Methodology and Strategy|
|Module 09||More Appropriate Methodologies and Strategies|
|Module 10||Assessing and Revising ESP Courses|
Discussion Board Activities
When you complete your course, you’ll be able to:
- Identify the requisite components of a needs-based, specialized English for Specific Purposes (ESP) syllabus.
- Examine the theories and develop an ESP syllabus that reflects appropriate content material based on a researched-based second language acquisition framework.
- Evaluate appropriate needs-based and course assessment tools.
- Design lesson plans that link the needs of the students to sound educational language acquisition principles and the content area.
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 01||Finding a Job, Downloading Your Certificate, and Updating Your Resume|
|Module 02||Stay Connected with Bridge!|
|Module 03||TEFL / TESOL Professional Development Opportunities|
|Age||18 years of age or older.|
|Language||An intermediate or higher level of English proficiency (B1 level, according to the CEFR, the Common European Framework Reference for Language). Proof of language proficiency is not required.|
|Technology||Internet access with the ability to stream and watch videos. Access to desktop/laptop computer highly recommended.|
|Experience||Previous English language teaching experience or a general TEFL / TESOL certificate (recommended)*|
*Students can simultaneously enroll in a Professional TEFL / TESOL Course to meet this recommendation.
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.Learn more
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.
|BRIDGE COURSES AND HOURS||UNIVERSITY EQUIVALENCEY & CREDIT BEARING DETAILS|
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Common Questions about Specialized TEFL / TESOL Certification
You will have 3 months from the day you enroll in your Specialized Certificate to complete it. (Most students finish the course sooner – in four to six weeks.)
If you sign up Specialized Certificate along with one of our TEFL courses, we recommend you first complete your general TEFL course and then start your Specialized Certificate course. You will then have 3 months from the day you begin your Specialized Course to complete it.
If you don’t finish in time for any reason, you can purchase an extension to complete your Specialized Certificate course, either before it expires or for up to one year after expiration. Extensions cost $100 for an additional 3 months. Please note that once your course/extension has expired, you will no longer have access to the course.
To take Bridge Specialized Certificates, you must be at least 18 years old with a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.
If you are not a native English speaker, we recommend an intermediate or higher level of English proficiency (minimum B1 level, according to the CEFR, the Common European Framework Reference for Language).
Specialized Certificate courses can be taken on their own to complement general certification or teaching experience you already have. They may also be added on to your enrollment in any Bridge course. If you’re new to teaching English, we recommend starting with a Professional TEFL Certificate.
If you add a Specialized Certificate to Bridge certification, your final certificate will reflect the total number of hours completed, with individual components listed. For example, if you added a Specialized Certificate in Teaching Young Learners (60 hours) to the IDELTOnline™ (150 hours), you would receive a 210-hour Bridge certificate. The two courses would be listed below the total hours.
Yes, you may sign up for as many as you like. We recommend you complete one certificate course before beginning the 3-month timeline on the next one.
No. All the materials you will need to complete your course are available 100% online. You can complete these courses from anywhere in the world with Internet connection.
Yes. In this self-study course, you will have a tutor available to answer any questions you have and also to provide feedback and a grade on your written assignments.
You must earn a minimum of 70% on your course assignments/final exam, in order to pass and receive your Specialized Certification.
Upon successful completion of your Specialized Certificate course, you can download and print your certificate from our online certificate verification portal for free. You may also order a hard copy certificate mailed to you anywhere in the world for an additional fee. Click here to view fees for hard copy certificate orders.
Krzl Nunes, Bridge Program Advisor