Unit description

Provides students with an understanding of the responsibilities and challenges of being a professional in early childhood and models of leadership and management of early childhood services. Students also develop skills required to participate successfully and effectively as a leader and manager.

Unit content

Module 1: Leadership management and early childhood education and care
Defining leadership: roles; relationships and responsibilities
Defining management: roles; relationships and responsibilities
Developing a personal philosophy of leadership
Establishing a leadership identity and leadership style

Module 2: Advocacy and early childhood
Defining advocacy
Understanding the role of advocacy in early childhood
Advocacy in early childhood: history; present and future

Module 3: The early childhood educator: Transition to the profession
Defining professionalism: roles; relationships and responsibilities
Dimensions of professionalism: expectations and ethics
Elements of a professional journey: identifying goals and strategies; professional portfolio; professional philosophy

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Rodd, J. , 2013, Leadership in early childhood: The pathway to professionalism. , Allen & Unwin., Sydney.
  • Waniganayake, M., Cheeseman, S., Fenech, M., Hadley, F & Shepherd, W, 2012, Leadership: Contexts and complexities in early childhood education., 1st, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Workshop on-site half day (3 times)
Leadership philosophy: artifact50%
Personal CVSR

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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