In April 2004, School of Continuing Education & Teacher Training (SCETT) was established by integrating School of Continuing Education, Distance Learning Center, School of Higher Professional and Technological Education and School of Teacher Training to be acted as a joint administrative and educational institute to implement the roles of adult higher education, networked education, teacher education and training and other forms of continuing education.
SCETT is committed to education in accordance with the law and rigorous governance based on the motto of “developed honesty、deliberative Dusing（守正出新、慎思笃行）” to develop a feature of teacher continuing education, a joint administrative of operating various educational business on higher academic education, non-academic training and international education, an extension platform of domestic cooperation, international cooperation, Public Welfare Management, a new pattern of developing comprehensive quality assessment system and efficient support service system. SCETT has more than 140,000 graduates with the stable development of academic continuing education and trained nearly 50,000 people yearly for non-academic education.
In September 9, 2014, President Xi Jinping visits Beijing Normal University and delivered an important speech entitled "being a good teacher to satisfy the party and the people" . In order to implement the spirit of the speech by President Xi and push forward the continuing education and teacher training, SCETT builds the goal of "bigger and stronger development for teachers’ continuing education' and applies a series of important steps: In September 10, 2014, SCETT establishes Chinese Good Teachers Development Center, Public Welfare Fund of Chinese Good Teachers, Education training and construction base to customize multi-curricula system for Chinese “Good Teachers” , create a new model of public funds for Chinese good teachers and help them to make comprehensive and excellent improvement.
In September 16, 2014, with the support of Beijing Normal University, SCETT establishes the Executive Development Programs (EDP) Center of BNU, which is focusing on the implementation of various industries executives’ courses to create the distinguishing feature BNU EDP projects in the areas of education, industries and enterprises, psychology, public welfare and emerging markets in order to train better leaders for the education industry in China. In December 17, 2014, the Principle of BNU Dong Qi issues “Chinese Good Teachers” Action Plan, SCETT assumes the “Quality Improvement” action plan for Chinese Teachers to create a comprehensive new model for improving the teachers’ quality.
SCETT develops all types of academic continuing education steadily and expand the international education actively. Beijing Normal University started to establish the higher normal correspondence education from 1953, which was one of the three earliest top universities who offered adult higher education in China, and 14 departments, colleges and schools organized the adult education. Currently, the Adult Higher Education is actively exploring the hybrid teaching model to promote quality education resources sharing. BNU was one of the first pilot higher institutions approved by the Ministry of Education, which fully implements modern distance education. Accordingly, Networked Education School was established at BNU in 2000. With the recombination of SCETT in 2004, previous Networked Education School of BNU has turned into the Department of Online Education representing a crucial part of SCETT, whose more than 80 out-of-school learning centers spreads across China’s 28 provinces/auto regions/municipalities. BNU’s Self-taught Higher Education Examination Office that based in SCETT was mainly responsible for integrated test organization of 13 public courses at Bachelor and associate degree levels, and used to be continuously awarded with advanced unit in the ‘National Self-taught Higher Education Examination’ and won the first place in the ‘Self-taught Higher Education Examination of Beijing’. Targeting at sophisticated strategies of brand strategy, win-win concept, crowd funding model and quality assurance, SCETT vigorously expands creative and unique domains in international education with the version of setting up professional benchmark, as well as enhances the cooperation with domestic and international higher education and research institutions. Specifically, SCETT runs international education programs highlighting distinguished brands, such as Scottish Qualifications Authority-Higher National Diploma (SQA-HND) and Cambridge International A-Level/IGCSE Curriculum.
In order to fulfill essential roles of think tank, advisor and assistant, SCETT contributes tremendously to the construction and support of the supporting institutions/bases of MoE and cooperative learning organizations that comprising College Faculty Training and Exchange Center (Beijing) of MoE, State Teacher Qualification Accreditation Center of MoE, Universities’ Young Backbone Teachers Training Secretariat, National Union of Networked Teacher Education, National Teacher Training Plan of MoE Office (primary and middle schools backbone teachers program and midwest program) and National Key Base for Teacher Training in Vocational Education. SCETT’s endeavors receive a wide range of praise and worship from departments of educational administration, peer universities, and other related fields.
After 10 years’ development, SCETT has obtained outstanding educational outcomes that enjoy a sound reputation of being one of the first 50 development units of ‘Demonstration Base for Higher Education Institutes’ Continuing Education’ and develop ample curriculum resources including nearly 500 competitive online courses. Moreover, in recent years, SCETT has been continuously awarded with ‘China’s Most Influential Online Education School’, ‘China’s Most Renowned Online Education School’, ‘Most Socially Responsibility Distance Learning School’ and so forth. In accordance with President Xi’s important speech, SCETT will open up a new perspective of teachers’ continuing education, create teachers’ education and training mechanisms, play a key role in leadership and demonstration, and strive for ‘better teachers, better education, better future’.