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C& S 498 Mentoring Preservice Teachers in the PDS Context

This course syllabus is offered as a sample, and does not reflect the dates and times for a future course.


Thursdays 3:45 pm to 5:45 pm
Credits: 2-3
Instructor: Dr. Jim Nolan
814-865-2243 (O) 814-360-2843 (C)

“Mentors have the power to shape the next generation of teachers.”
Yendol-Hoppey and Dana, p. xv. The Reflective Educator’s Guide to Mentoring

Course Description

This course is designed for all teachers and administrators in the State College Area School District who are interested in learning more about the process of mentoring pre-service teachers in the context of a professional development school partnership. The class should prove particularly useful for teachers who are serving as mentors for the first time or who hope to begin serving as mentors in the near future. Many of the concepts in the course will also be applicable to mentoring new teachers through the induction process, but the major focus is on mentoring pre-service teachers. The class will consist of readings, discussions, and activities designed to equip veteran teachers with enhanced knowledge and skills for mentoring.


Class meetings will begin September 20th (after classroom teachers have had opportunity to settle into the new school year). Classes will continue through December 20th on Thursday afternoons from 3:45 – 5:45 at a site to be determined. Participants may elect to take the course for 2 or 3 credits.

All required readings will be supplied.

An email will be coming with course ID number and registration information