Advancing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Higher Education

Advancing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Higher Education

Education is central to a sustainable global future. In fact, the United Nations has identified access to “inclusive and equitable quality education, and (the promotion of) lifelong learning opportunities for all” as #4 of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be realized by 2030¹.

Higher Education institutions are challenged to design and lead initiatives to help their societies achieve SDGs through research, teaching and learning, partnerships, and campus operations. In effect, these institutions are primed to become incubators and accelerators for SDGs.

As an OISE professional learning Fellow, you’ll cultivate the expertise, innovative administrative thinking, wide-ranging project management skills and sustainability-focused growth mindset required to define, integrate, operationalize, and advance SDGs within a higher education context.

The Fellowship focuses on SDG 4: Quality Education, a foundational element for addressing all the other SDG goals. SDG 4 proposes that inclusive, equitable, and encompassing learning opportunities – from childhood to old age – can ensure a sustainable future.


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What You'll Achieve

The OISE Continuing & Professional Learning Fellowship experience commits to an adult learning structure that is flexible and that enables a facilitated inquiry-oriented environment. Our Professional Learning Fellowships are oriented towards creating professional agency and building the capacity of education leaders.

Build your educational leadership capacity through a guided self-designated learning process and explore innovative approaches to the implementation of SDGs.

In this program, you’ll you will be introduced to diverse insights, current research, and innovative approaches to organizational implementation of SDGs.

You’ll be guided to think critically as you explore and develop your unique SDG-related implementation plan, recommendation, or other project to advance your organization’s workplace learning goals and objectives.  This program is contextualized to your identified workplace observations and needs.

To achieve your learning goals with this program, our Professional Learning Fellowship facilitation team incorporates a process facilitation model that will guide your learning into two core phases:

(1) Discovery and Definition where you will dive into developing local, national and global insights to inform your concept and/or plan;

(2) Development & Implementation where you will consider your operating context and theories of implementation science to test your recommendations and ensure your bold SDG idea can be applied within your organization.

Upon completion of the program, you will have:

  • Developed an evidence-informed workplace practice, improvement and/or opportunity proposal to share and implement with your workplace and community stakeholders.
  • Established a repertoire of tools, models, and research literature to facilitate critical thinking and effective action planning; these are resources that you can pay forward when leading your teams and peers
  • Gained a professional peer and expert network introduction that you can commit to cultivating in months and years to come for your continued professional and leadership growth
  • Achieved a Master Certificate of Completion from OISE Continuing & Professional Learning, Canada’s #1 Faculty of Education and top 3 in the world education research institution

Program Overview

The Professional Learning Fellowship is designed to be completed within 14 weeks to earn a Master Certificate of Completion.

Program Length

14 weeks


Online - Synchronous & Asynchronous Elements

Class Size

Under 20 Fellows

Course Duration

14 weeks


Active Engagement
7-9 hours per week
(125 hours total)

Total Investment

$3,985 (HST Exempt)

Compulsory Courses (Take All 1)

Discover the mechanisms for an in-depth exploration into implementing elements of SDG 4 (Quality Education) into your professional context. 

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