Mentoring and Coaching for Educational Professionals

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This 12 week course (Master's level, 30 credits) is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to develop core knowledge, understanding and the skills of mentoring and coaching and their application within an educational context. Mentoring is a course designed to provide participants with personal and professional development as it explores and critiques and critically evaluates key concepts, theories, practices, models, frameworks, and approaches to mentoring and coaching in education.

Participants can develop a deeper understanding of the role of the mentor, the skills and understanding that is required to meet the challenges of mentoring, the importance of supporting the learning of mentees, and mentoring to enhance professional practice. Through structured experiences and interactive workshops mentoring and coaching can be practised and reflected upon in the light of participants’ learning.

Participants will be supported in developing their practice and deepening their skills as a mentor and coach, demonstrating and applying a repertoire of models, theory, structures, frameworks and skills in light of empirical and practice-based research evidence on mentoring and coaching.

How You Study

The course is organised around a structured set of suggested reading that scaffolds the syllabus, aimed at guiding independent study and focusing bi-weekly seminars and an intensive weekend study school (Friday-Sunday).

Seminar time will be divided between tutor-led discussion of the suggested reading and student-led discussion of issues arising from their own study. These fortnightly seminars will be run in-person and also involve the use of webinar technology so that off-campus students can participate. Video/audio capture technology will also be used for revision purposes and be available alongside teaching materials on the Virtual Learning Environment.

Study schools aim to provide an intensive and challenging period of academic engagement during which students can participate in course-specific seminars and lectures, as well as additional classes relating to the postgraduate experience (e.g. study skills, employment-related, research presentations). Study schools also offer the opportunity for students to learn from each other and gain a broader perspective of approaches to and challenges of postgraduate study in education.

How You Are Assessed

The course will be assessed through a portfolio of work, which will involve a critical reflection, analyse and synthesise of models, theoretical perspectives, frameworks, challenges, and effective features of mentoring and coaching in an educational setting. The portfolio of work should include a critical evaluation, reflection and application of the impact of the selected mentoring model on professional development and on the educational outcomes of the selected institution.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

  • Participation on taught course (25 hours)
  • Independent study (100 hours)


Credit from this course can contribute towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MA Education from the University of Lincoln.

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree.  Relevant professional experience is considered.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or equivalent.

Fees and Additional Costs

Cost: £1230 (£41x30 credits)

All students are expected to attend a three-day study school in Lincoln and will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living expesnes while attending.


For more information please contact Dr Joss Winn: / 01522 88 6075