EDPROFST 769 : Developing Mentoring Expertise

Education and Social Work

2023 Semester One (1233) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Mentoring has been identified as being an essential yet complex ingredient for teacher professional learning and development for new and experienced teachers. Underpinning educative models of mentoring is the development of adaptive expertise that builds knowledge through evidence-informed inquiry. Emphasis is placed on catering for the diversity of learning needs throughout professional careers.

Course Overview

This course is designed for teachers who are, or intend to be, mentors for pre-service, beginning and experienced colleagues. Focus is given to reflecting on your own past mentoring approaches and practices with a view to developing mentoring approaches and practices that build on effective professional learning, enhance mentor-mentee relationships and demonstrate adaptive expertise.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Education

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse their own mentoring practice in relation to the theories and practice of different mentoring approaches (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 2.3, 4.1, 5.2 and 5.3)
  2. Demonstrate critical and informed understanding of the interrelationship between adaptive expertise and mentoring processes (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 2.3, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.3, 5.3 and 6.2)
  3. Critically examine, critique and challenge their own theories of mentoring in relations to theoretical perspectives on mentoring (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.3, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.2 and 6.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Critical reflection and analysis of literature 40% Individual Coursework
Presentation 10% Individual Coursework
Written portfolio 50% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3
Critical reflection and analysis of literature
Written portfolio

Students must achieve at least 50% for the course and complete all assessments to receive a passing grade in the course.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 30 point course and students are expected to spend 20 hours per week involved in each 30 point course that they are enrolled in.

A variety of instructional methods will be employed, including lectures, group discussion, online self-evaluation and reading articles. To make the class more valuable for everyone, all students are expected to engage with the material assigned for each class and actively participate in the class discussions. During the semester, each student will undertake an independent professional learning task. The learning gained from this task will inform course assignments 2 and 3.

For this course, students can expect six interactive lectures and six Zoom sessions during the semester. Additionally, students can expect 4-6 hours of reading, thinking about the content, undertaking  independent professional learning tasks and reflecting on practice per week. The expectation is that students spend an average of 12-14 hours per week on the course outside of class.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience & Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including Zoom sessions to complete components of the course. The course will include live online events including group discussions/tutorials.
Attendance on campus is required for the presentation.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

The lecturers in this course sought formative feedback throughout the semester so that adjustments could be made as needed to support students' independent learning.  This practice will continue in 2023. 

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.