Get hands-on experience as an online English teacher and showcase your skills to employers.

In this 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. Plus, you’ll be prepared for interviews with online schools – who often ask teachers to present a mock lesson during the interview!

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We recommend pairing this course with our 60-Hour Foundations and 60-Hour Advanced Methods in Teaching English Online courses for the 180-hour Teaching English Online Certification + Practicum Package.

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Practicum in Teaching English Online

(6 CEUs)

Get hands-on experience as an online English teacher and showcase your skills to employers.

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Teaching English Online Certification + Practicum

Gain a foundation in teaching English online before applying your skills in the Practicum.

(18 CEUs / 6 Credits)

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Course Features

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!
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. 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.

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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 3 months or less.

Interactive content

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

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student Practicum in Teaching English Online Course Information

Length 12 weeks
Start date The course starts the day you enroll.
Certification hours 60 hours

Total Price:

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 6 CEUs. (Learn more about earning CEUs below.)
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Module 01 Understanding a Student’s Needs
Module 02 Booking and Executing an Online Lesson
Module 03 Online Lesson Planning, Timing, Execution, and Contingencies
Module 04 Putting Theory into Practice
Module 05 Analyzing Your Best Work, Final Practicum Submissions, and Taking your Career to the Next Stage

Module Quizzes

Instructional videos


Resource downloads

Discussion Board Activities
Learning Objectives

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

  • Determine an online student’s learning objectives and goals by conducting a virtual needs assessment and English level check.
  • 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:
    • • Interactive and digital white boards
    • • Pen tools
    • • Split screen share
    • • Video and audio conferencing
  • Troubleshoot the most common technical problems faced when teaching online
  • Apply concepts of Reflective Teaching Practice to your experience as an online educator
  • Observe and assess video demos of online teachers delivering lessons
  • Observe and assess your own recorded teaching performance in the online classroom
  • And more!

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 Units (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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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.

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. 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 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.

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 for more details.

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Teaching English Online Certification + Practicum

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(21 CEUs / 6 Credits)

Qualify to Teach English in the Classroom and Online:

The Comprehensive Certification Bundle

The future of English teaching is blended – in-person and online. Combine a Professional TEFL/TESOL Certification with Specialized Certification in Teaching English Online to gain the skills and credentials you’ll need to succeed. Plus, save when you bundle!

  • Qualify for top English teaching positions worldwide and online.
  • Earn versatile, internationally recognized certification.
  • Gain a strong foundation in TEFL/TESOL methodology before mastering the terms, technology, and teaching tools used in the virtual classroom.
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