Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


While many school teachers engage in supervision or mentoring of student teachers and other teachers, few have any training in these practices. This course will provide students with the opportunity to examine their own supervisory and/or mentoring practice on the basis of a strong theoretical understanding of issues involved in supervision and mentoring. The course will use flexible delivery in the form of IT and paper-based distance learning and by offering a range of assessment options.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Introduce students to a range of theoretical and practical approaches to supervision and mentoring, including approaches to equity, diversity, social justice and induction

2. Provide students with a broad knowledge of the philosophical, political and knowledge bases upon which supervisory/mentoring practice rests;

3. Explore with students a range of issues and debates that characterise supervision and mentoring literature and practice.


  1. Introduction
  • Subject overview and historical development of supervision and mentoring
  1. Supervisors' and mentors' knowledge of learners and learning
  • supervisors and mentors" knowledge of student assessment, equity and diversity
  • Making equity explicit in professional development
  1. Mentors' knowledge of curriculum and teaching
  • supervisors and mentors" positions and designing curriculum
  • Examples of leadership programs and development in supervision/mentoring and induction
  1. Supervisors' and mentors' knowledge of contexts and purposes
  • Confronting challenging working conditions
  • Organisational and political literacy
  • Supervisors and mentors as leaders: developing effective programs
  1. Conclusion
  • Towards effective supervision and mentoring

Assumed knowledge

Knowledge of teachers' work

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Critical Reflection

Written Assignment: Critical Analysis

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Online 26 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Equivalent to 2 hours per week face to face

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.