School of Open Learning and Education is a solid school which engages in instruction, research and management. On the basis of the core cultural philosophy “passionate, responsible, collaborative, open, coordinative”, a target has been built: leading with scientific research, support with technology, guarantee with quality, social influential and cultural confidence. As an important platform for ECNU to provide social services, School of Open Learning and Education offers adult diploma education, teacher training, international cooperation education, social training and examinations. Within the framework of ECNU-SOLE, there are several research centers, including ECNU Professional Development Center for Teachers, Distance Education Research Center, and several consulting institutions, including SOLE academic committee, SOLE development consulting committee, SOLE retire professors committee. In June, 2013, the Ministry of Education founded “executive office for the national project of improving K-12 teachers’ ICT Application Competencies”, and School of Open Learning and Education was commissioned as the project secretariat in charge of the project’s management, organization and coordination. In November, 2016, Chinse Teacher’s Trainer Federation, organized and led by the Chinese Society of Education, was founded, which is committed to creating and providing learning and communication platform for teacher trainers to explore the systemized solutions of teacher training and professional development path of teacher trainers jointly. School of Open Learning and Education was commissioned as the secretariat in charge of the organization and administration of Teacher’s Trainer Federation.
In October, 2014, Faculty of Education was founded, and SOLE was merged into the new founded Faculty of Education.
In June, 2015, ECNU and SOLE founded Faculty of Shanghai Teachers’ Professional Development. As a teachers’ training school jointly founded by Ministry of Education, Shanghai Municipal Government and ECNU, Faculty of Shanghai Teachers’ Professional Development on a basis of serving teachers, aims to become a new source for nationwide teachers’ training, a high-end platform for communication between teachers from home and abroad, and a cradle for future educators. The Faculty of Shanghai Teachers’ Professional Development will smoothly connect four years of pre-vocational education to forty years of education afterwards for teachers in a comprehensive way. The Faculty of Shanghai Teachers’ Professional Development will promote teachers’ professional development, national lifelong learning led by teachers, which will better serve the strategy of our nation and the development of Shanghai.