Free course

Learning to teach: mentoring and tutoring student teachers

Free statement of participation on completion

This is the second of four courses which comprise the course Learning to teach. Traditionally student teachers are supported by a mentor in school and a tutor from a university. Both play distinctive and important parts in the teachers development. This free course, Mentoring and tutoring student teachers, examines each role in detail and explores the similarities and distinctions between the two roles. Whether you are a tutor or a mentor, effective teacher education relies on all partners working effectively together to create an environment where student teachers can critically reflect on their experiences in a structured way.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you will be able to:

  • understand the differences between tutoring and mentoring in Initial Teacher Education (ITE)
  • consider the similarities and differences between tutoring and mentoring pedagogy
  • develop a range of strategies for supporting beginner teachers.