Leadership in Early Childhood Education - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 4
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Case Study (60%) , Report (40%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This inquiry unit proposes that all early childhood educators have a role in leading early childhood education. The unit provides the opportunity to develop foundational leadership and management skills and knowledge expected of contemporary early childhood educators. It examines the theory and practice of leadership in early childhood education and students uses the inquiry process to investigate the roles and responsibilities of early childhood leaders across a range of dimensions. These include ethical approaches to leadership, leading legislative and regulatory requirements financial and administrative management advocacy pedagogical leadership career development strategic planning and working in partnership with families and the wider community.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. research and evaluate ethical approaches to communication, problem-solving, and decision-making in early childhood education
  2. describe and analyse qualities, skills and knowledge necessary for leading effective partnerships with colleagues, families and the wider community
  3. investigate and report on the roles and responsibilities of leadership in early childhood education
  4. describe and evaluate the administrative roles and responsibilities associated with relevant mandated requirements related to early childhood education.
  • Case Study (60%)
  • Report (40%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Early Childhood Leadership in the Australian Context
2Early Childhood Leadership in the Australian Context
3Being and Becoming an Early Childhood Leader
4Leading Beyond Quality
5Leading Pedagogy
6Ethical Leadership
7Effective Workplaces
8Strategic Planning
9Leading Advocacy and Activism
10Relationships with Families
11Community Engagement
12Financial Management and Marketing

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Leadership: Contexts and Complexities in Early

    By:Waniganayake et al

    ISBN: 9780195576139


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Leadership in Early Childhood: The Pathway to

    By:Rodd, Jillian

    ISBN: 9781743310014


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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