The Postgraduate Certificate in Mentoring and Coaching Beginning Teachers has been developed to meet the continuing professional development needs of school and college teachers who fulfil roles as the mentors to initial teacher education (ITE) students and early career (newly qualified) teachers (NQTs).
Across the diversity of routes into teaching, this programme addresses the specific development needs of staff who work with beginning teachers in primary or secondary schools. The programme has been designed to follow the development of a training teacher or a newly qualified teacher and the associated mentoring relationship across the year. It affords opportunities for teachers to consider the work they undertake at university based mentor sessions alongside the work they carry out with beginning teachers in schools. Alongside this element of the programme which is rooted in practice there will be a structured programme of taught sessions and activities designed to offer a theoretical perspective and critical reflections on how best mentoring practices can enhance the development of both the beginning teacher and the mentor. The programme will appeal to new and experienced mentors and coordinators in schools.
The course aims to:
- promote your learning through the development of your knowledge, skills and understanding of mentoring practice with beginning teachers
- provide opportunities to develop critical reflective practice
- promote the critical understanding of research, evidence and practice in the broad field of mentoring beginning teachers
- support your capacity to design and conduct inquiries into your own and others’ professional practice
This course starts in September can be completed over 12-18 months.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Mentoring and Coaching Beginning Teachers comprises two 30-credit core modules. The duration of each module is 6 months.
Mentoring Beginning Teachers (available face-to-face only)
Practice-Based Inquiry (available face-to-face and online)
Mentoring Beginning Teachers is a 30-credit face-to-face module running across the Autumn and Spring semesters. There will be six, three-hour twilight sessions between October and June on Thursday evenings. Additionally, four online units will be studied over the year.
Each module is assessed by a written assignment of 6,000 words (or equivalent). Each assignment is graded numerically. To complete the Postgraduate Certificate programme, a pass of 50 must be achieved in each module.