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Undergraduate | CUR-EDE345-2023

Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Previously CUR-EDE492

Develop foundational leadership, management skills and knowledge. Explore ethical approaches, legislative and regulatory requirements, financial and administrative management, career development and ways of working with families and the community.

Study method

100% online


100% online

Entry requirements

Part of a degree


13 weeks

Start dates

  • 27 Feb 2023
  • 28 Aug 2023

Price from


Upfront cost


HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available

About this subject

What you'll learn

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

  1. appraise ethical approaches to communication, problem-solving, and decision-making in early childhood education
  2. analyse qualities, skills and knowledge necessary for establishing and maintaining partnerships with colleagues, families, and the wider community

  3. synthesise 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 legislative, administrative and organisational policies and processes related to early childhood education.
    • Early Childhood Leadership in the Australian Context
    • Being and Becoming an Early Childhood Leader
    • Leading Beyond Quality
    • Leading Pedagogy
    • Ethical Leadership
    • Effective Workplaces
    • Strategic Planning
    • Leading Advocacy and Activism
    • Relationships with Families
    • Community Engagement
    • Financial Management and Marketing
    • Governance
  • This subject was previously known as EDE492 Leadership in Early Childhood Education.

    This subject provides the opportunity to develop foundational leadership skills and knowledge expected of contemporary early years educators. The subject examines the theory and practice of leadership in early childhood education, and students use an enquiry process to investigate and reflect on the leadership roles and responsibilities of early childhood educators across a range of dimensions. These include ethical approaches to leadership, regulatory requirements, advocacy, pedagogical leadership, and working in partnership with colleagues, families and the wider community.

    Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

    Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

    • Early Years Leadership Reflection (40%)
    • Early Years Leadership Report (60%)
  • For textbook details check your university's handbook, website or learning management system (LMS).

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Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • CUR-ECE-DEG-2023 - Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)


  • CUR-FAST-DEG-2023 - Fast track your Curtin on campus study

Prior study

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:

Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s).

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CUR-EDE492 (Not currently available)

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees