Don't just teach English, lead the online revolution.

The Bridge Teacherpreneur Academy was conceived to assist teachers to take advantage of new opportunities teaching English online, opportunities that have become available to them as a result of the increasing transition of language learning online.

The Teacherpreneur Academy combines our 60-Hour Succeeding as an English Teacherpreneur Specialized Certificate with ongoing coaching, networking and a workshop series featuring industry guest speakers. Building a portfolio of students takes time and empowering teachers with the know-how and confidence to build their own portfolio of students and perhaps even an online language school is a big endeavor. For this reason, the Teacherpreneur Academy was designed as a 12-month program, one that can provide guidance, support and a network of peers to share trials, tribulations, encouragement and eventually success!

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Ready to be your own boss? Learn the business skills to chart your own path as an independent English teacher!

Working for yourself offers the ultimate freedom and flexibility, as you have total control over your schedule, the types of students you want to teach, and where in the world you want to work. Teachers come from all different backgrounds and have different motivations for pursuing an independent career path. Whether you’re seeking more time to invest in your passions, have a desire to travel while you teach English online as a digital nomad, or are keen to work from home to spend more time with your family, independent teaching can help you achieve your goals.

While freelance teaching with companies and teaching through online ELT marketplaces provides a great launching pad for becoming your own boss, many independent teachers aspire to become teacherpreneurs: educators who have combined their passion for teaching with entrepreneurial skills to create and market their own innovative ESL courses and products. Becoming a teacherpreneur requires the business, marketing, and ELT industry know-how, which is what this course will help you master. With the right skills and planning, you can build a successful and rewarding career as a teacherpreneur!


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Course Features

Practical Experience Creating a Detailed Business Outline
  • Apply the business management and marketing skills you’ve learned throughout the course in a practical way by developing a detailed business outline to kick start your career as an independent tutor!
Interactive Platform:
Tutor and Discussion Board
  • Interact with your personal tutor who provides feedback on assignments and answers questions throughout the course. Share ideas and experiences with other trainees around the world on the class discussion board.
Dynamic Content
  • Complete interactive exercises and practice activities that check comprehension and keep you actively engaged with the course content as you progress through your training.

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100% online

Start anytime and work from any device.

Continuing education units

Earn up to 6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Personal tutor

Get feedback and ask questions throughout the course.

Job placement assistance

Access the Bridge Job Board to connect with our Preferred Employer Partners and explore resources to support your TEFL job search.

Flexible schedule

Work at your own pace - complete in as little as 3 weeks!

Interactive content

Instructional videos, downloadable resources, quizzes & activities, and discussion board.

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Length 1 Year.
Start date TThe course starts the day you enroll.
Certification hours 60 hours.
Format 100% online and self-paced
Instructors Our Teacherpreneur Academy coaches are experienced ELT professionals who have successfully built their own businesses and student portfolios.
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Module 01 Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset and Identifying Your Niche
Module 02 Stepping Stones to Developing an Online Teaching Business
Module 03 Managing Your Business Operations
Module 04 Marketing Your Business
Module 05 Problem Solving, Pivoting, and Scaling for Your Business


Discussion Boards

Graded Assignment

Instructional Videos

Learning Objectives

When you complete your course, you’ll be able to:

  • Develop a step-by-step plan to transition from English teacher to independent teacherpreneur running your own EFL business.
  • Explore the skills you possess and develop an effective teacher profile (your personal brand) that showcases your expertise and clearly communicates your teaching philosophy to potential students.
  • Identify a teaching niche and compare platforms and communities where you can source potential students. Explore how to create engaging content (graphic, written copy, and video) to maximize engagement on these platforms.
  • Create a customer avatar that represents your expected student profile and develop an initial marketing strategy to successfully attract those students to your teaching business.
  • Describe your product offering and craft a unique selling proposition (USP).
  • 6. Compare online lesson materials, teaching platforms, and software solutions to develop your ideal technological needs for business operations and teaching.

Age 18 years of age or older.
Education High school diploma or the equivalent. Proof of graduation or transcript is NOT required.
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.

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

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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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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In this course, you’ll learn the business and marketing skills needed to successfully launch and run your independent online English teaching career. You’ll master key components of planning a strong business, such as finding your niche, promoting your brand through teacher marketplaces, social media, and other channels, handling accounting and other logistics, and managing and scaling your business in a competitive market. The course culminates with a final project in which you’ll apply what you’ve learned to design a unique business plan for your online tutoring business – no matter its size!

We recommend this course for experienced online teachers or graduates of our Teaching English Online Certification courses  who are ready to advance their careers – on their own terms – as teacherpreneurs. If you’re new to online teaching, bundle this specialization with those certification courses and save!

Common Questions about Specialized TEFL / TESOL Certification

The 60-Hour Specialized Certificate in Succeeding as an English Teacherpreneur is part of Bridge’s Teacherpreneur Academy. You will have 1 year from the date of enrollment to complete this course as part of the Teacherpreneur Academy.

To take Bridge Specialized Certificates, you must be at least 18 years old with a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.

It is recommended that you are either already TEFL / TESOL certified, or enroll concurrently in a Professional TEFL / TESOL course, such as the IDELTOnline to take a Specialized Certificate course.

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! The Teacherpreneur Academy Instructor and Coach is available to answer any questions you may have on course material and also to provide you with feedback and a grade on your written assignment. Our Teacherpreneur Academy Instructors and Coaches conduct monthly live workshops and networking sessions (fully online). This provides you with the opportunity to directly engage with them and your fellow participants, allowing for interactive discussions and the chance to ask questions.

You must earn an average score of 70% on your course assignment(s) and quizzes 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.

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.

Krzl Nunes, Bridge Program Advisor

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