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NOTICE: **Requirements to teach English online vary by company. Some online English providers have additional requirements for their teachers, such as: holding a Bachelors degree; being a citizen of an English-speaking country; having an English proficiency level of C1 or C2, based on CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference); residing in an English-speaking country; possessing previous teaching experience.s

Prepare. Adapt. Excel. Earn Specialized Certification in Teaching English Online!

Bridge’s Teaching English Online courses offers the ultimate preparation for the virtual classroom.
 Your Own Personal Tutor
 Fun, Interactive E-Learning Platform
 Teaching Videos, Downloads, Discussion Boards
 Optional Practicum in Teaching English Online!
 Teacherpreneur Course – Learn the Skills to Succeed as an Independent Tutor
 Internationally-Recognized Certificate + Digital Badges to Share on
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New to teaching English?

In the Comprehensive TEFL / TESOL Certification Bundle you’ll start with the Master Certificate to get a strong foundation in English language teaching methodology before specializing in Teaching English Online.

  • Earn versatile, internationally recognized certification
  • Qualify for top TEFL / TESOL positions
  • Enter any classroom or teach online with confidence
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Want experience teaching English online?

Our 60-hour Practicum in Teaching English Online gives you hands-on teaching practice in a virtual classroom!

During the Practicum, you will:

  • Learn to navigate a real Learning Management System
  • Practice-teach an online ESL student using a well-known platform
  • Record your best demo teaching sessions to demonstrate your skills to future employers

Ready to be your own boss?

Learn the practical business skills you need to launch your independent teaching career in our 60-Hour Succeeding as an English Teacherpreneur course.

During this course, you will:

  • Determine the right market niche for you and find students within that target demographic
  • Learn how to market yourself and your business effectively using social media, email, and other channels
  • Apply strategies to manage, scale, and pivot your online teaching business

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What Our Students Are Saying

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Earning a Bridge Certificate in Teaching English Online qualifies you for jobs with top online tutoring companies…or to successfully chart your own path as a freelancer!
Teaching English Online in Portugal
Teaching English can be a really rewarding career path and the online learning environment is creating so many great opportunities for teachers to make a decent living and enjoy a great lifestyle anywhere that they choose.
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The first reason VIPKID appeals to so many people is that it’s a flexible job you can do from anywhere you have an internet connection. It’s also pretty awesome that you can do the job so long as you have space and an internet connection. Another thing about this job is it's very easy to schedule travel time around classes.
Teaching English Online in Chile
Looking back, getting my first online teaching job was a privilege as it opened a lot of doors for me as an ESL teacher, especially considering that I come from a non-native English-speaking country...My job teaching online has allowed me to go on to teach in traditional classroom-based positions for several other institutes in different countries.
Teaching English Online in the US
My ultimate goal with TEFL was always to be able to work from anywhere in the world. Right now, that means I can teach online from my hometown while I map out my future. But my dream is to travel overseas and teach in as many different countries as possible!

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FAQs About Teaching English Online

Teaching English online can take several forms. You can work for an online English tutoring company (the most common option, especially for new teachers) or you can create a portfolio and market yourself as a freelancer via an online “marketplace” for English tutors. A third option is to start your own online English tutoring business. Learn how Bridge can help you succeed in teaching online as a freelancer!

Learn more about these options in this article: Should I Work for a Company or for Myself?

Requirements to teach online for a company vary from one employer to the next, but these are the general qualifications needed for most jobs. You do not necessarily need a degree!

  • TEFL certification (specialized certification in teaching online is preferred)
  • Bachelor’s degree in some cases
  • Experience working with children (a preferred qualification if the online tutoring company caters to young learners)
  • Reliable Internet connection, desktop or laptop computer, and other hardware for the job.
  • A high level of English proficiency is required (C1 or C2, according to the CEFR/native speaker).

Definitely! Don’t get discouraged if you come across online tutoring companies looking only for native speakers. There are also many online tutoring companies that hire bilingual teachers, as long as they meet certain English proficiency requirements.

Also, bear in mind that you promote yourself as a teacher via the online teaching marketplace, where students choose their teacher, requirements are more flexible.

Most online teaching or tutoring companies will have their own software platform that facilitates the lessons for you, making it as easy as logging in, but of course you should be equipped with certain tools if you want to teach English online successfully.

  • For starters, you should have a desktop or laptop computer and a reliable, fast Internet connection. The speed requirement varies from company to company, but 10-15 Mbps should be enough to hold uninterrupted, quality online classes.
  • You’ll need a good webcam, mic, and headset. Consider investing in a pair of noise-canceling headphones that do a good job of enhancing call quality.
  • You’ll need to consider your workspace. While you don’t need to have a dedicated office, you’ll want to be sure you have a quiet, professional-looking space to teach classes.

The salary range for online ESL teaching varies based on credentials and experience. Online language schools’ starting rates are usually between $12 to $21 per hour. Some also offer performance incentives or increase the rates when you stay with the company for a longer time.

Teachers who work through tutor marketplaces and independently, on the other hand, set their own rates based on their credentials and experience. Learn how to succeed as a freelance tutor with the 30-hour Teaching English Online as a Freelancer course!

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