Leadership, Advocacy and Administration in EC Settings

Course code EDUC4025
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


This course provides students with an introduction to leadership, management and administration in the early childhood context. Through an investigation of historical and contemporary issues, in consideration of social, cultural, political and industrial perspectives, the course prepares students to explore and understand leadership issues in early childhood, to reflect on education policy and practices, and the ways in which early childhood professionals might contribute to, and shape social directions.



  • Semester 1 - 2016


  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an analytical engagement with the literature of the field on leadership in early childhood.

2. Articulate a well founded position on the contemporary leadership role in early childhood taking into account the social, cultural, political and industrial contexts.

3. Apply their knowledge and understanding of leadership concepts to critically examine leadership and management practices.


Topics include:

1. Theoretical and conceptual frameworks to enhance professional knowledge and practices on leadership, advocacy, management and administration in early childhood

· Understanding contemporary theories and practices of leadership in early childhood

· Understanding concepts of advocacy (in relation to social justice)

· Understanding theories of school/EC centre management and administration (in relation to contemporary education reform discourses)


2. Professional practices of leadership and advocacy in early childhood

· Introducing contemporary forms and models of leadership in EC (i.e. Distributed leadership and transformative leadership)

· Introducing advocacy as a tool for social justice

· Leadership and advocacy for social justice and equity in EC settings


3. Critical perspectives on issues concerning leadership, advocacy, management and administration in relation to policy changes in early childhood

· Current issues of leadership and advocacy in Australian early childhood settings

· Contemporary changes and issues of professionalisation in early childhood education and care

· Policy into practice: The cases of school leadership

· Accreditation, licensing and regulation for early childhood programmes (NQF)

· Reconceptualizing leadership, advocacy, and administration in EC settings: what is our professional social responsibility?


4. Leading community based and focused practice

· Effective leadership and community engagement

· Professionalisation and professionalism in early childhood education (i.e.: roles of educators as leaders and advocates for young children and creating learning communities for educators and parents)




This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Teaching(Primary) / Bachelor Early Childhood Studies and associated programs.

Assessment Items

Essay: Written assessment 1

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study / Problem Based Learning

Essay: Written assessment 2

Contact Hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

May include podcasts at lecturers discretion.


Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term