Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Education (Ph.D)


Administrative and Instructional Leadership

First Advisor

Barbara Cozza

Second Advisor

Erin Fahle

Third Advisor

Ceceilia Parnther


The purpose of this quantitative study is to investigate the impact of mentoring on new teachers’ self-efficacy. In addition, this study investigated the effects of other independent variables such as mentor gender, content area, years of experience, and training on new teacher self-efficacy. Self-efficacy was measured using the Teacher Sense of Efficacy Scale (TSES), developed by Tschannen-Moran and Hoy (2001). Teachers mentored in twenty-three school districts were asked to complete this survey and the demographic information upon completion of the mentoring experience. The results of t-tests, a one-way between-subjects ANOVAs, and a multiple regression were analyzed to determine if there were any significant differences in teachers’ self-efficacy perceptions based on their mentor’s gender, content area, years of experience, and training. The results showed statistically significant differences in self-efficacy between new teachers with mentors who had the same content area compared to those who did not. There were no statistically significant differences in average self-efficacy found among groups based on mentor gender, years of experience, and training. Finally, while the overall regression model was significant, the results indicated that none of the individual variables were significant predictors of new teacher self-efficacy.