EEL500 Mentoring, Leadership and Change (8)


This subject examines theories and models of leadership learning through coaching and mentoring. It focuses on the importance of critical reflection in, on and for practice, the change process, and the imperative for educational leaders to achieve school and/or organisational improvement. The development of conceptual, theoretical and practical understandings involves an examination of the nature and practice of coaching and mentoring in various international contexts. Research relating to effectiveness (culture, conditions and context) and evaluation of practice is considered. This subject provides the opportunity for students to analyse and plan the integration of coaching and mentoring in structured professional development in an education and/or training setting.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineBathurst Campus
Session 3
OnlineBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EEL500
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Teacher Education

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to read widely and assess coaching and mentoring programs both locally and internationally;
  • be able to critically reflect on the conceptual underpinnings of coaching and mentoring in leadership learning as an effective professional development tool and as a strategy for implementing change and school and/or organisational improvement;
  • be able to critically evaluate research evidence on coaching and mentoring effectiveness in relationship to leadership learning in education and/or training settings;
  • be able to evaluate theoretical knowledge and concepts underpinning coaching and mentoring in, on and for practice; and
  • be able to analyse staff professional development and support needs, and then plan a work based coaching and/or mentoring program inclusive of monitoring and evaluation.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Definitions of coaching and mentoring and the concept of coach and mentor in leadership learning.
  • The role of coaching and mentoring in leadership, change and improvement.
  • Models and nature of educative coaching and mentoring, process and practice, with particular reference to education and/or training settings in an international context.
  • Creating a coaching and mentoring culture with an emphasis on addressing issues of inequality such as gender, ethnicity and power relationships.
  • The design and implementation of coaching and mentoring programs built on needs analysis and theoretical understandings, with an emphasis on education and/or training settings.
  • Monitoring and evaluating coaching and mentoring programs in education and/or training settings.


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.