ESA515 Mapping the Field of Early Childhood Leadership (8)

This subject focuses upon issues related to the Early Childhood context, and the role of leadership in the field of Early Childhood and care. It takes as its central premise the construction of leadership philosophies, and specific knowledge and skills for application to challenges of leading pedagogy, curriculum and mentorship of staff. It examines leadership in its broadest sense, as encompassing the informal as well as formal practices of those in a range of roles within Early Childhood settings. The subject expects students to interrogate their own leadership practices to research into Early Childhood settings.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ESA515. 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 Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically reflect on the importance of the role of Early Childhood educators in building a culture of learning partnerships as a means of enhancing early childhood learning;
  • be able to evaluate effective leadership approaches for the development of learning strategies in relation to the alignment of pedagogical and curriculum development in early childhood settings;
  • be able to critically reflect on the key role played by administrators in fostering early childhood leadership, ongoing professional development, collaborative dialogue, and the alignment of all resources within an early childhood setting;
  • be able to analyse and deconstruct key research findings in relation to leadership for learning models and strategies for early childhood settings; and
  • be able to apply leadership strategies to enhance collaborative capacities and foster learning within early childhood settings.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Knowing the impact of leadership
  • Building personal courage and resilience
  • Improving practice through reflection and inquiry
  • Learning relationships
  • Learning conversations
  • Teamwork and professionalism
  • Accountability for results
  • Developing a strategic vision through shared leadership
  • Collaboratively building strategic and political acumen
  • Planning for sustainability
  • Monitoring organisational improvement

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ESA515 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Authentic case-based scenario
Project-based learning scenario
International system analysis of ecec leadership

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.