Details for Leadership and Management

Focusing on understanding the nature and representation of leadership and management in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), international and national contexts are explored comprising theory and practice. Emphasis is given to the exploration of a range of approaches to effective leadership and management practice within the current Early Childhood legislative context to provide the skills and knowledge required of contemporary early childhood practitioners. Leadership roles and responsibilities in ECEC are examined through exploration of ethical approaches to leadership, regulatory requirements, advocacy, pedagogical leadership, and partnerships with families and communities. Research and reflective practice is examined in building a strong culture of professional inquiry.


Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: EDU315
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Sue Westraad


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Leadership and Management

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective




  1. Analyse the skills, dispositions, and responsibilities required for leadership and management in ECEC;
  2. Appraise theories and models of leadership appropriate to the ECEC context with critical reflection to generate, evaluate and transform professionally oriented knowledge and practice;
  3. Synthesize and communicate research and its results to different audiences.

Subject Content

  • Socio-cultural, historical, and legal context of ECEC
  • National Quality Framework
  • Management vs Leadership
  • Leadership theories
  • Management and Leadership structures in ECEC settings
  • Knowledge, skills and dispositions for future managers and leaders of ECEC settings
  • Leading through Partnerships
  • Theoretical, Pedagogical and Philosophical Approaches in ECEC
  • Professional and Ethical Practice in ECEC
  • Research Methodologies and Development
  • Leading through Quality Improvement
  • Leading through Advocacy

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to face (onsite)
  • eLearning (online)


Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Minor Essay (30%)
  • Critical Reflection (30%)
  • Major Project (40%)

Prescribed Text

  • References will include the most current curriculum requirements for schools.

Check with the instructor each semester before purchasing any prescribed texts or representative references