Contemporary Theories of Mentoring

Learn about the latest developments in mentoring, enhance your mentoring and leadership skills. Support your team and early career leaders.

Contemporary Theories of Mentoring provides an overview of approaches to mentoring. In this micro-credential, you will learn how to support mentoring strategies for leadership development and early career leaders in your school. You will explore current mentoring theories and methods and how this relates to your professional practice and leadership.

You will investigate the topic of mentoring in the context of education. You will be asked to reflect on how you have perceived mentoring and how it links to your professional learning and growth.

  • What is covered in the micro-credential?

    This micro-credential is composed of six modules:

    • what is mentoring?
    • defining mentoring
    • why mentoring matters
    • approaches to mentoring
    • mentoring paradigms
    • relational mentoring.
  • Assessment

    • Assessment 1: 3 x discussion board posts of 200 words each, including a micro-credential reflection post.
    • Assessment 2: Written assignment - 1000 word essay on a topic provided.
  • Should I attend?

    This micro-credential is suitable for anyone interested in mentoring in education across the early years, primary, middle, secondary and higher education sector. It is designed for practising teachers and team leaders in schools.

    This micro-credential incorporates 50 hours of learning over a 4 week period (12.5 hours per week), including x2 synchronous sessions in weeks one and three.

    Contemporary Theories of Mentoring - is the first in a series of three interrelated micro-credentials:

    1. Contemporary Theories of Mentoring
    2. Mentoring Practices in Leadership (coming in 2022)
    3. Mentoring in Diverse Leadership Contexts (coming in 2022)

    You may want to complete one, two or all three of the above micro-credentials. It is recommended you complete the micro-credentials order.

    International students: please refer to PACE Terms and Conditions prior to registering.

  • Pre-requisites

    There are no pre-requisites or assumed knowledge.

  • How will I benefit?

    You will discover:

    • the latest developments in mentoring that you can put into practice in your respective setting
    • strategies to lead mentoring improvements in your education system
    • critical knowledge to influence and lead others.

  • How will my organisation benefit?

    Your organisation will gain an individual with knowledge of the latest developments in mentoring and enhanced leadership skills that can be applied immediately.

    Need customised training for your organisation?

    Contact our team to discuss customising this micro-credential to meet your needs.


  • Credit, Pathways, CPD Points and Certification

Enter our online learning space

Your micro-credential will be delivered via our virtual learning platform and includes the following:

  • access to online materials including videos, interactive scenarios, readings and quizzes
  • resources created and curated by our world-renowned academics and researchers.

You will need:

  • computer or tablet
  • web browser Chrome or Firefox to view your micro-credential online
  • webcam, headphones and microphone
  • internet connection (broadband or 4G minimum)
  • notepaper and pen
  • a willingness to participate and engage with the instructor and other micro-credential participants
  • micro-credential micro-credentials are conducted in English. You are required to meet the University of Adelaide’s Minimum English Language Requirements, of IELTS Level 6.5 in all bands, in order to complete your micro-credential successfully.

Register your interest

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