EEB314 Leadership in Early Childhood (8)

This subject focuses on understanding the nature and enactment of leadership in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). The notion of leadership is explored from global perspectives and critiqued for the Australian ECEC context. Emphasis is given to exploring a range of interpretations of effective leadership practice within current regulatory requirements. This learning is then applied to the opportunities and challenges of leading to ensure quality early childhood pedagogical practice, mentoring staff, and advocacy for children, staff and parents. The ability to be an advocate for the profession of early childhood educators will be explored along with leadership for the professional learning of staff.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Teacher Education

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is not available to students who have completed EEB427. 

Students must have completed the prerequisite subject EEB207.




Subject Relationships

EEB427 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate and justify emerging understandings of global leadership and sustainable practices in relation to ECEC contexts;
  • be able to apply appropriate leadership strategies to facilitate collaborative teams;
  • be able to examine regulatory requirements for the provision of quality and leadership in ECEC;
  • be able to recognise effective leadership skills to lead pedagogical and curriculum development. Apply effective leadership skills to lead pedagogical and curriculum development;
  • be able to apply effective leadership skills to lead the professional learning of staff; and
  • be able to articulate the processes for mentoring and advocacy within a service and design an appropriate response.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The relationship between leadership philosophy and authentic leadership enactment that links philosophy to practice.
  • Understanding the value and role of positional and distributed leadership in ECEC.
  • Exploring explicit leadership strategies to apply to the ECEC context.
  • Why mentoring matters: using collective mentoring to build professional capacity.
  • Exploring and critiquing innovative and alternate conceptualisations of leadership for the ECEC field.
  • What is the role and value of integrated services to children and families?
  • The relationship between leadership and collaborative practice in integrated services.
  • How leadership knowledge and skills apply to the development of cohesive ECEC teams.
  • Exploring the role of a pedagogical leader in the ECEC context.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.