Mentoring, Supervising, and Coaching in Education Contexts

EDU565 │ Elective Subject │ 10 credit points


As well as helping to transform the lives of their students, great Christian educators positively impact the lives of pre-service teachers, beginning teachers, and other colleagues. With a focus on instructional coaching practices, this subject is intended for educators who want to further develop their God-given capacity to mentor, coach, and supervise other educators.  

While this subject will be helpful to all educators aspiring to influence professional development and growth, it will be particularly relevant for those operating at the Highly Accomplished Teacher and Lead Teacher career stages, as well as those in (or preparing for) a leadership role within Christian schools.  

There is growing demand for school leaders and teachers to be equipped as effective mentors and coaches, particularly those working with initial teacher education students. The role of mentoring and instructional coaching to facilitate educator professional growth is a demanding one in which there is little training for those mentoring / coaching. This subject is being developed as a response to these demands. 


EDU400/400a Biblical Foundations of Education and EDU501/501a Worldviews and Educational Practice

Teaching methods

Online Semester
Directed online learning and independent learning

Learning outcomes

Student who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate specialised knowledge of mentoring, coaching, and supervising in educational contexts.
  2. Critically analyse contemporary approaches to mentoring, coaching, and supervising on the basis of current research and biblical principles.
  3. Communicate biblically-informed principles and strategies for mentoring, coaching, and/or supervising in Christian education. 
  4. Design a personal or school-wide approach to professional supervision in the Christian school.
  5. Critically reflect on professional identity and approaches to professional development.


Engagement with and contribution to the learning community15%
Critical Reflection on an experience with mentoring, coaching or supervision35%
Development of a whole-school plan50%

Subject content

  1. Biblical perspectives on mentoring, coaching, and supervision
  2. Beliefs and principles for a way of being
  3. Communication skills
  4. Mentoring, coaching, and supervision as leadership
  5. The impact cycle: identifying, learning, and improving
  6. Using data
  7. Instructional playbooks
  8. System support for mentoring, coaching, and supervising

Prescribed text and reading materials

Knight, J. (2022). The definitive guide to instructional coaching: Seven factors for success. ASCD. 

A list of reading materials will be available in the Subject Outline on eLearning Portal.