|Course Length:||1 Year Part-Time|
|Start Dates:||April 2020, September 2020, January 2021, September 2021, January 2022|
|Subjects:||Education and Teaching
|Location:||Edge Hill University
St James', Manchester
- Develop skills in mentoring and coaching practice on a programme developed for teachers and educational professionals from a variety of settings;
- Gain a deep and critical understanding of mentoring and coaching theory and practice in a range of professional contexts;
- Customise the programme to reflect your own professional or personal needs and interests.
This Postgraduate Certificate in Mentoring and Coaching has been developed to address the needs of teachers and other professionals working in a range of educational contexts. Enhancing your mentoring and coaching practice, the programme will support you in developing skills in critical reflective practice and critical thinking while also encouraging you to explore and experience mutual ways of working through investigating and critiquing contemporary policy. You will develop a strong academic underpinning to your work and be able to tailor your studies to focus on areas of professional and/or personal interest. The programme responds to Government priorities associated with teacher retention and development, providing a professional route in mentoring and coaching for those who hold, or are seeking to hold, specialist roles in schools and colleges and other educational settings.
What will I study?
You will focus on the principles, theories and models of mentoring and coaching, receiving an introduction to what it means to develop critically reflective practice and how you can apply this knowledge and understanding to your own role and context.
Examining relevant policy guidelines, mentor standards and practice, you will establish the aims and objectives of mentoring and coaching, and consider ethics, confidentiality and barriers to effective mentoring and coaching relationships.
The programme also focuses on mentoring and coaching in professional practice, introducing you to the possibilities for growth through developing practitioner enquiry in mentoring and coaching. The aim is to enhance your understanding of how mentoring and coaching can improve performance and support individuals to develop themselves.
You will be guided in critically evaluating your own mentoring and coaching practice, as well as being encouraged to personalise, situate and contextualise your learning experiences through recording and reflecting on your development.
How will I study?
This course is delivered via blended learning, including an induction session followed by taught Saturday conference sessions, at Edge Hill University, or St James’ in Manchester, or by arrangement with other partner institutions.
Between the conference days, a formal schedule of online activities and discussions will take place, supported by personal tuition. You will be expected to dedicate approximately 8-10 hours per week to your studies.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is through coursework focusing on a range of professional learning activities and projects. Opportunities for formative feedback will be scheduled throughout each module.
You will produce a 5,000 word critically reflective account which will evidence critical engagement with contemporary theories and models of mentoring and coaching. You will also present a critical evaluation of your own mentoring and coaching practice which will be accompanied by a portfolio of supporting evidence, such as extracts from reflective diaries, training plans, lesson observations and peer feedback.
Who will be teaching me?
The programme team have first-hand experience of mentoring and coaching practice in educational settings and use their expertise to explore practice through critical reflection. All staff are research-active members of internal and external networks and regularly attend conferences to present their ongoing projects.
MCP4000Principles, Theories and Models of Mentoring and Coaching (30 credits)
Principles, Theories and Models of Mentoring and Coaching focuses upon developing critical reflective practice in mentoring and coaching and on enabling critical reflection on mentor standards and practices. You will be supported to draw upon your own experience in enhancing practice, knowledge and understanding through critical engagement with current theory, research, policy and contemporary practice. Particular scrutiny will be placed on the Department for Education’s Mentor Standards (2016) and Early Career Framework for Teachers (2019).
Assessment: Coursework: 100%.
MCP4001Mentoring and Coaching in Professional Practice (30 credits)
Mentoring and Coaching in Professional Practice focuses on developing practitioner enquiry in mentoring and coaching with a view to improving practice. You will engage in critical self-reflection on sources of evidence such as mentee feedback, observation records, reflective diaries and other mentoring and coaching source material. By exploring the parameters, challenges and constraints of the mentoring/coaching relationship, you will be encouraged to make the connection between theoretical models of mentoring/coaching and your own practice.
Assessment: Coursework: 100%.
You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
You should hold, as a minimum, a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. You should also be employed in, or have sustained and appropriate access to, an educational setting where you are able to undertake regular mentoring and/or coaching with colleagues.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’). This may include credit or learning undertaken at another university.
Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.
What are my career prospects?
On successful completion of this programme, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to critically analyse and reflect on practices and theories of mentoring and coaching, including how the demands of the Early Career Framework can be met in your own setting. You will be well placed to move into middle leadership or senior leadership positions in schools, as well as other specialist roles related to mentoring and coaching.
Potential roles which you may wish to pursue include head of department, subject leader or subject coordinator, roles with teaching and learning responsibilities, head of year, advanced skills teacher, senior leader, or deputy/assistant head teacher.
Tuition fees for studying on this PGCert are £2,040 for the entire programme for UK and EU students enrolling in academic years 2019/20 or 2020/21.
For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters guide for your intended academic year of entry.
How to Apply
There is an online application process for this programme.
Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.
Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applydirect for more information about the application process.
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
Get in Touch
If you have any questions about this programme, please contact:
- Professional Learning Team
- Tel: 01695 657133
- Email: ProfessionalLearning@edgehill.ac.uk
If you would like to talk to the programme leader about the course in more detail, please contact:
- Dr Christine Lewis
- Tel: 01695 650837
- Email: Christine.Lewis@edgehill.ac.uk
Course ChangesExpand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.
31st January 2020 - Change to Fee Structure
While the overall cost of studying this programme has not changed, tuition fees will now be charged on a full programme basis (i.e. £2,040) rather than on a per credit basis (£34 per credit for 60 credits).