Get hands-on experience as an online English teacher and showcase your skills to employers.
In this 60-hour Specialized TEFL/TESOL practicum course, you’ll gain valuable experience and familiarize yourself with commonly-used software by delivering online English lessons to real students via an established online Learning Management System. You’ll also create a portfolio with recorded teaching sessions to showcase your expertise to employers.
We’ll connect you with top positions in our partner network.
Bridge can match you with opportunities with our Preferred Employment Partners – reputable, fully vetted online tutoring companies offering competitive wages. We’ll help you apply to as many jobs as you want with our Common Application.
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.
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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.
Hands-On Experience with an Online Teaching Platform
Practice teach real students via a virtual learning platform. Learn how to find students, give placement tests, analyze learning objectives, choose lesson plans, and use online teaching tools – all on one platform!
Record and Share Your Teaching Sessions
Video record your demo teaching sessions on a real online teaching platform and have the option to include these demo videos in your teaching portfolio to showcase your skills to employers!
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.
Complete interactive exercises and practice activities that check comprehension and keep you actively engaged with the course content as you progress through your training. Plus, watch over 4 and a half hours of videos of online English teachers in the virtual classroom, demonstrating the techniques you’re learning throughout the course!
Get Experience Teaching a Real Student Online
Let Bridge connect you with an online English student or find a student on your own! If you decide to work with a Bridge-sourced student, we’ll make the initial introduction, then you’ll communicate directly with your student, finalizing lesson times and details and answering any curriculum questions outside of class.
Learn from TEFL experts. Meet our 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.
Ashli has been teaching since 2002 in the United States and Costa Rica. She has a B.A. in Linguistics, an M.A. in Education, and a TEFL certificate. Currently, she teaches English classes at a university in Germany.
Cheryl Madrid, Ed.S., lives just outside Denver. She is the academic coordinator at an intensive English program and has been an online TEFL tutor and IELTS examiner for Bridge for about seven years.
Suzanne has a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing. She has taught at DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago, and The School of the Art Institute, Chicago. She is the author of two novels, Promising Young Women and Her 37th Year, an Index.
Gabriela (Gabby) has an Associate's in ESL Education and a Bachelor's in Public Technical Literary Translation and more than 18 years' experience in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). She has worked as a classroom TEFL trainer for more than 10 years and as an online trainer for over 8.
Katie earned her bachelor's degree in French and her master's degree in TESL/TEFL. She has taught ESL for intensive English programs in Colorado and Wisconsin. She loves the science, art, and pedagogy of language acquisition and has studied French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Italian, and Arabic.
Tiffany Hendrix holds a master's degree and has taught history and ELL in Clark County School District. She has presented at iTESOL conferences in Utah and is an active member of iTESOL and TESOL. She is currently beginning a new chapter as a French and ELL teacher in Western Colorado.
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. If you are not a native English speaker, we recommend an advanced level of proficiency (C1) in order to successfully complete the course.
You can take our Teaching English Online courses on their own, and many students do so in order to complement general TEFL certification or teaching experience they already have. These courses may also be added on to your enrollment in any Bridge course (in which case, your final TEFL certificate will reflect the total number of Bridge hours completed.)
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! The Foundations and Advanced Methods courses have been recommended for 3 undergraduate-level credits each by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®).
For students interested in requesting a nationally recognized transcript from ACE CREDIT to present to the university of their choice for the potential award of academic credit, we recommend meeting the following requirements:
• A graduate of or currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program
• For upper division credit, at least a junior with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
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.
After you enroll, a Bridge admissions advisor will reach out to ask if you prefer to have us connect you to an online English student or find your own student. If you choose to work with a Bridge sourced student, we will match you with a student who can fit with your schedule. After an introduction, you will communicate directly with your student, working to finalize lesson times and details as well as answering any curriculum questions outside of class.
Do you have questions about working with an online English student? You can contact Bridge’s admissions staff at email@example.com for more details.
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Courses are stackable! The total number of hours you completed is indicated, and this number updates each time you add another course.
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