Coaching and Mentoring for Teacher Development PGCert 

Normally up to 12 months part time*

*Please note that the programme can be studied over more than one year through credit accumulation.


Fees per 60 credits (for academic year 2014-15)

UK and EU: part time £1,468

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

Teachers, school leaders and lecturers are increasingly required to take on a role in the coaching and mentoring of both new and more experienced colleagues. This programme will allow you to develop your coaching and mentoring skills in practice situations as part of postgraduate professional development.

Through taught sessions, workshops, tutorials and fieldwork in your own context, this programme will enable you to:

• understand frameworks and tools to develop effective coaching and mentoring dialogue
• reflect critically on, and research into, the practice of coaching and mentoring
• develop your coaching and mentoring skills in practice situations
• develop your understanding of different research approaches to mentoring/coaching
• explore the potential role and tensions of developing coaching and mentoring within current professional development frameworks for teachers

On completion of the programme you will be able to:
• work with colleagues to support, develop and improve professional practice
• plan and organise research and development projects in educational contexts
• research and evaluate innovative curricular and educational practices
• engage with educational policy nationally and internationally
• communicate effectively with a range of colleagues to support and develop professional practice

While there is considerable commercial training available for coaching and mentoring, it is frequently not directly education focused. This programme draws significantly on the research undertaken by CfLaT on coaching for change in teaching which has gained national recognition, and also on the expertise of tutors and mentors within the university PGCE partnership.


It is also possible to study additional Masters’-level modules, including a dissertation, in order to gain an MEd qualification.

If there are sufficient numbers of students in a school or cluster group, it is also possible to organise an out-posted group.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree in any subject, Qualified Teacher Status (or equivalent), or validated teaching experience.

As this programme is designed for students already working in an educational context, you are expected to gain the support of your employer and to be assured that opportunities for developing relevant professional practice will be available in your workplace.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (internet based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Applications are considered throughout the year although specific deadlines for funding may apply.

There are two intakes for this programme each year - one in September and one in January.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Rachel Lofthouse
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone:+44 (0) 191 208 6576

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Education.

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