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TEFL Course Comparison

Compare our TEFL certification courses to find the one that is best for you!


Some people prefer the traditional classroom courses in order to get familiar with the place they would like to teach and be able to interact face to face with their teachers and peers.

However, online courses are very popular due to their flexibility in terms of schedule and where you can teach, with most countries accepting online certificates of at least 100 hours.

For the best of both worlds, the IDELT Online provides virtual interaction with teachers and peers, university level courses equivalent to the CELTA and IDELT, and the flexibility to take the course part time while you work or study.

Whichever course you choose, you can rest assured that all of our certificates are internationally recognized and we have helped place students in TEFL jobs abroad all over the world*!

  Classroom TEFL Courses Online TEFL Courses
  Partner Courses Cambridge CELTA Bridge IDELT Bridge IDELT Online
Brief Overview Bridge has partnered with TEFL institutions around the world to offer teaching certifications in a variety of locations abroad. The Cambridge CELTA was created by the University of Cambridge and is offered worldwide at authorized centers only. The BridgeIDELT was developed by BridgeTEFL and is offered exclusively at Bridge Centers in the U.S. and South America. The Bridge IDELT Online was developed by BridgeTEFL for those wanting the interaction and academic equivalence of a classroom course, but needing more flexibility. courses were developed by BridgeTEFL to provide self-study and self-paced options for students needing up to 6 months to complete their program.
    ← Academically equivalent to a semester-long university course →  
Hours 120 120 140 140 40-120
Duration 4 weeks, Full-time Monday-Friday 4 weeks, Full-time Monday-Friday 4 weeks, Full-time Monday-Friday 12 weeks, Part-time Weekly Assignments Approximately 3-6 months, Self-paced
        ← Part time allows flexibility with work and school →
Course Location Costa Rica, England, France, Greece, Guatemala, Italy, Peru, Russia, Turkey Colombia, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, South Africa, Denver,CO, USA Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Denver, CO, USA Online Anywhere Online Anywhere
  ← Includes dynamic interaction with teachers and classmates →  
Accreditation Our partner institutions are accredited by varying regional accrediting agencies Developed by Cambridge English and highly recognized In the USA, Bridge is accredited by ACCET, which is recognized by the US Department of Education In the USA, Bridge is accredited by ACCET, which is recognized by the US Department of Education In the USA, Bridge is accredited by ACCET, which is recognized by the US Department of Education
    ← Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education →
College Credit Not available Not available Recommended for 6 graduate-level credits by NCCRS Recommended for 3 graduate-level credits through UNC (IDELT Online) Not available
      ← Eligible to receive college credit →  
Tuition $1,695 -$1,995,
plus housing
$1,895 -$2,495,
plus housing
$1,995 - $2,495,
plus housing
$1425 $325 - $710
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*Successful completion of a TEFL certification does not guarantee employment in any country. Minimum requirements to teach English as a foreign language vary by country, particularly related to minimum education degree levels. In the USA, instructors in accredited IEP programs must have at least a bachelors degree and a minimum of 3 months of full-time equivalent ESL or foreign language classroom teaching experience, or a bachelors degree along with a certificate in teaching ESL or a foreign language, that include a practice teaching component.