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 across 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, reflect on current research from a global perspective and then develop a coaching and mentoring plan for structured professional development in an education and/or training setting.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst 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

Grading System



One session


School of Teacher Education

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed EEL406.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to examine coaching and mentoring programs both locally and internationally from a comparative perspective;
  • be able to analyse the conceptual underpinnings of coaching and mentoring in leadership learning as an effective professional development tool and as a strategy for implementing change and/or organisational improvement;
  • be able to evaluate research evidence on coaching and mentoring effectiveness relating to leadership learning in education and/or training settings from around the globe;
  • be able to evaluate theoretical knowledge and concepts underpinning coaching and mentoring (in, on and for practice) from across international contexts; and
  • be able to analyse staff professional development and support needs, and formulate a work-based coaching and/or mentoring program based on international best practices.


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EEL500 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Critical reflection
Annotated bibliography
Evaluation and design
Discussion posts

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.