Management and Leadership in Early Childhood Education - 2016

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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 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Application - ECE job application (40%) , Project - Community project (60%)

Unit provided by

2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit examines the critical components of an effective early childhood program including teachers and the school community. It highlights the importance of strong curriculum knowledge and leadership, team-building and organisational skills and resource provision, and the importance of advocacy for developmentally appropriate practices.

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

  1. advocate within and inform the community about early childhood education to build a common understanding and appropriate developmental learning and curriculum practices
  2. facilitate opportunities for school leaders, staff members, parents and support agencies to share strategies that will enhance best practice and develop a collaborative vision of early childhood learning and teaching
  3. participate collaboratively in change processes related to curriculum development, financial planning, resource management and ongoing professional development and training of staff
  4. explain how to identify and access a range of service providers for children at risk of educational failure.
  • Application — ECE job application (40%)
  • Project — Community project (60%)

Mandatory prerequisites

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

  • EDE304 — Professional Practice (Years 1-3)

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

You must complete Level 1, 2 and 3 Education studies before commencing this unit. To enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into a course from the provider.

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.

1Introduction to Early Childhood Leadership
2The Australian Context
3Leading for Quality
5Strategic Planning
6Leading Pedagogy
7Leading Advocacy and Activisim
8Ethical Leadership
9Effective Workplaces
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
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links
  • Wikis

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 in Early Childhood

    By:Rodd, Jillian

    ISBN: 9781743310014


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Leadership: Contexts and Complexities in Early

    By:Waniganayake et al

    ISBN: 9780195576139


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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