Course Title: Educational Leadership and Management in Early Childhood

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Educational Leadership and Management in Early Childhood

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


360H Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr. Josephine Ng

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7861

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.03.16

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will unpack the role of leadership and management in early childhood contexts through the investigation of early childhood development and curriculum, and contemporary educational issues and discourses. You will examine the theories and concepts of educational leadership and management in early childhood education and care services. Pedagogical leadership will be explored to identify the role of leaders in guiding, mentoring and collaborating with educators to translate pedagogy into practice. You will examine the influence and integral role of leaders in building partnerships with educators, parents and the community to achieve outcomes and expectations. You will also investigate aspects of advocacy, ethics, organisation culture, communication and liaison with government authorities. This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in an early childhood setting, and where feedback from industry and/ or the community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse different leadership and management theories and concepts in early childhood education
  • Identify, interpret and apply policies and quality standards for leadership and management in the early childhood industry.
  • Communicate professionally to parents, children, educational professionals and management, and government, and work collaboratively with stakeholders
  • Identify and respond appropriately to legal responsibilities and ethical issues that arise in early childhood settings.
  • Apply aspects of change management and demonstrate capability to bring about change in early childhood settings.

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on educational policy and practice in both local and international contexts.
  • Communicate using a range of formats and strategies to audiences within and external to the discipline of education.
  • Apply initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making to enhance your practice and continuing professional development.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be delivered in two learning modes: fully online and face -to -face. You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as online lectures, group discussion, group activities, readings, critical analysis, reflection, and individual research. For students enrolled in the face-to-face learning mode, there will be face-to face lectures, tutorials and class discussions. A component of this course is linked to professional experience.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources, including, books, journal articles and web resources will be provided by your lecturer. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for School of Education students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.
RMIT University Library:
Education Liaison Librarian: June Frost, Ph. 9925 7426

Study and Learning Centre:
International Student Support:
Learning Lab: 

Overview of Assessment

There are two formal tasks in this course.
Assessment Task 1: Research Report (Equivalent 2000 words) 50%
Assessment Task 2: Professional Experience Portfolio (Equivalent 2000 words) 50%

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1