This 20-hour, blended online and hands-on training is designed to provide valuable teaching practice for TEFL trainees or current teachers who wish to gain classroom experience and become more competitive for teaching jobs. 

In this course, you’ll first establish an onsite mentor, then complete 10 hours of tutor-guided online preparation, 5 hours of EFL teacher observation, and 5 hours of hands-on teaching practice in a real EFL classroom.

You can complete this Guided Teaching Practicum Certification from anywhere in the world, working at your own pace during the 3-month course timeframe.

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Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

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Describe teacher behaviors observed in classrooms.

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Evaluate effective instructional strategies based on student/teacher observations.

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Construct lessons based on instructional strategies in readings and viewings.

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Summarize teaching experience in journals and lesson reports.

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Assemble a professional teaching portfolio.

20-hour Specialized Certificate: Guided Teaching Practicum

  • Course Requirements

    In order to take this course you must be at least 18 years old with a minimum of a high school diploma or the equivalent.

    Because this specialized course is designed to build on a foundation of more general training, it is recommended that you are either already TEFL/TESOL certified, or enroll in this course concurrently with a general TEFL/TESOL course, such as the IDELT Online.

    If you are not a native English speaker, you will be expected to show proof of English fluency at a C1 level or higher, according to the Common European Framework, upon enrollment. Your English level must be verified with the results of a recently taken English proficiency test (showing the equivalent to an IELTS test score of at least 7.0) or via an English proficiency test administered by Bridge.

  • Course Outline

    The 20-hour course includes 10 hours of online preparation (including guidance from your tutor), 5 hours of EFL teacher observation, and 5 hours of hands-on teaching practice in a real EFL classroom.

    You’ll first learn about reflective teaching through reading and viewing assignments in the online platform. Then you will take part in a series of tasks, including structured observations of other teachers, reporting on those observations, establishing an onsite mentor, setting personal goals for your teaching practice, keeping a teaching journal, and receiving feedback from the online tutor.

    This Specialized Certificate course can be completed at your own pace during the 3-month timeline. Unit topics are the following:

    Unit 1 – A Reflective Model for Novice Teachers
    Unit 2 – Basis of Reflective Practice
    Unit 3 – Working with a Mentor
    Unit 4 – Class Management
    Unit 5 – Successful Student Outcomes

  • Assignments/Assessment

    Throughout the course you will:

    • Read and view material found in the course, as well as in linked online resources, teacher’s contributions, and other included components.
    • Complete self-check, non-graded quizzes in each unit to check your understanding of these materials.
    • Observe an EFL classroom for 5 hours.
    • Teach in a real EFL classroom for 5 hours.
    • Produce a portfolio documenting their completion of assigned tasks, including structured observations of other teachers, reporting on those observations, establishing an on-site mentor, setting personal goals for their teaching, keeping a teaching journal, and responding to feedback.
    • Analyze the concepts found in course materials to draw inferences in your written assignments (such as forum posts and essays) regarding best practices in English language.

    Certification is issued to trainees who receive a passing grade of 70% or higher in the course. This grade is based on the successful and timely completion of all components of the required portfolio, including the following:

    Task 1 – Description of Teacher and Teaching Context
    Task 2 – Identification of On-Site Mentor
    Tasks 3-12 – Observations of Teaching based on a minimum of 5 one-hour classes observed

    In addition, the course requires trainees to participate in two Skype conferences with their tutor to track course progress and portfolio completion.

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FAQs

  • How does the Guided Teaching Practicum work?

    In this Specialized Certification course, you’ll first establish an onsite mentor at a teaching location in your area. (Suggested teaching locations are community centers or English language institutes, and you may teach in a paid or voluntary capacity.)

    You’ll then complete 10 hours of online preparation, with the guidance of a tutor. Following that, you’ll work under your established onsite mentor to complete 5 hours of in-person EFL teacher observation and 5 hours of hands-on teaching practice in a real EFL classroom.

    Throughout the course, you’ll also complete a variety of components that will comprise your required teaching portfolio.

  • How long do I have to complete a Specialized Certificate course?

    You will have 3 months from the day you enroll in your Specialized Certificate to complete it.

    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.

  • What if I don’t finish my Specialized Certificate course within 3 months?

    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.

  • What are the requirements to take this course?

    To take Bridge Specialized Certificates, you must be at least 18 years old. If you are not a native English speaker you will need a high level of proficiency (C1) in order to successfully complete the course.

    We also recommend that students have a background in teaching English as a foreign language, either with completion of a TEFL/TESOL course or previous English teaching experience. You can also enroll in a BridgeTEFL course and a Specialized Certificate course simultaneously to meet this requirement. We recommend, however, that you work through your general course first, followed by the Specialized Certificate course(s), in order to build a foundation for this training.

  • Can I take this course on its own or do I have to add them to one of your TEFL certificates?

    Specialized Certificate courses can either be taken individually to complement general certification or teaching experience you already have. They may also be added-on to your enrollment in any BridgeTEFL course.

    If you add specialized certificates to another BridgeTEFL course, your final certificate will reflect the total number of hours completed. For example, if you added the Specialized Certificate: Guided Teaching Practice (20 hours) to the IDELT – Online (150 hours), you would receive a 170-hour TEFL certificate.

  • Can I take more than one Specialized Certificate?

    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.

  • Do I need a textbook for the Specialized Certificate courses?

    No. All the materials you will need to complete your course are available online. You can complete these courses from anywhere in the world with Internet connection.

  • Is there a tutor in this course?

    Yes. In this self-study course, you will have a tutor available to answer any questions as you work through the course content. Your tutor will also provide feedback and a grade on your two written assignments.

    This course requires that you establish an onsite mentor at a teaching location in your area, such as a community center or English language institutes. The role of your mentor is to facilitate your 5 hours of in-person EFL teacher observation and to observe your 4 hours of teaching observations and 5 hours of hands-on teaching practice in an EFL classroom.

  • What grade do I need to pass a Specialized Certificate course?

    You must earn a minimum of 70% on your course assignments/final exam, in order to pass and receive your 20-hour Specialized Certification.

  • How will I receive my Specialized Certificate after I complete my course?

    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.

About the Certificate

Upon successful completion of the Specialized Certificate: Guided Teaching Practicum, you can download and print your 20-hour 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.

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Please note that if you add Specialized Certificates to a general BridgeTEFL course, such as TEFLOnline.com or the IDELT – Online, your final certificate will reflect the total number of hours completed. For example, if you added Guided Teaching Practicum in (20 hours) to the IDELT – Online (150 hours), you would receive a 170-hour TEFL certificate, like this one:

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