Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


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.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

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, education and care 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

2. Professional practices of leadership and advocacy in early childhood

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

4. Leading community based and focused practice


Enrolment in this course is dependent on meeting the teacher education admission milestone of successful completion of

- Three HSC band 5s (including one in English) or

- 80 units of UoN courses or

- Regulatory authority approved comparable pathways or

- Commencement in the program pre 2016

Students must also be active in one of the programs:

Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) [12366]

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) [40105]

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) [40109].

Assessment items

Essay: Written assessment 1 - 30%

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study / Problem Based Learning - 30%

Essay: Written assessment 2 - 40%

Contact hours



Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

May include podcasts at lecturers discretion.


Online 12 hour(s) per Term Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.