Gain the skills to lead educators in providing quality educational programs and practices for young children
8 weeks (42.5 hours)
Educational Leadership in Early Childhood
Educational leaders play an important role in supporting other educators to continue to build quality educational programs and practices for young children in Early Childhood and Education Care (ECEC) settings.
This Melbourne MicroCert will provide you with an understanding of this fundamental role and equip you with the skills to enact it.
Drawing on the contemporary evidence base, you will engage with current debates on leading learning and quality improvement to advance young children’s learning and development. You will examine how leadership practices can be used to support educators’ planning, intentional teaching and assessment for learning practices, and to monitor their impact on young children’s learning and development.
This course is led by experts from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and is part of the Educational Leadership in Early Childhood series, which focuses on enhancing the leadership qualities and practices of educational leaders and educators working in early childhood.
Who is it for?
This MicroCert is for educational leaders and educators with a minimum of three years' experience in the early childhood education and care sector who aspire to lead teams or enhance their leadership skills to improve quality of learning and teaching within the sector.
During this Melbourne MicroCert you will examine a range of key concepts, including:
- Research and policy-informed understandings of educational leadership and quality improvement in Early Childhood and Education Care (ECEC) settings
- Models and practices that address the role of educational leadership in teacher effectiveness and child learning and development outcomes
- Key evidence-based teaching practices that support quality improvement
- Quality improvement and how it is linked to assessment for learning, intentional teaching and planning practices.
You will explore effective leadership practices such as reflective practice, coaching, mentoring and professional learning.
On completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Use a range of models and research evidence to explore the relationship between educational leadership and quality improvement in ECEC settings
- Create a response to the Quality Improvement Plan that uses a range of leadership practices that assist educators to reflect on the impact of effectiveness of their educational programs and practices on young children’s learning and development.
This MicroCert has been designed to coincide with the sector’s teaching terms to ensure you have opportunities and time to apply your newly acquired knowledge and practices. You will be introduced to learning material at targeted time points during the learning period, building knowledge over time.
In our innovative online environment, you will learn alongside other industry professionals and undertake guided learning, peer discussion and facilitated activities involving contributions from the industry, including policymakers, researchers and educational and pedagogical leaders. Learning includes videos, online reading tasks, independent study supported by interactive webinars and discussion board activities. Fully online delivery offers a convenient way to develop your skillset, from a location that suits you.
Who will you learn from?
Dr Jane Page OAM is an Associate Professor in MGSE and a Senior Researcher in the REEaCh Hub. Jane has worked in the early childhood field for over thirty years in a range of director and teacher roles in early childhood services, as well as teaching and researching in the University sector. Jane has been actively engaged in the development and implementation of variousa number of projects with state and local government and the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA) focusing on early years teachers’ pedagogical and assessment practice. She led the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership Leading Learning in Early Childhood Settings professional learning for Educational Leaders in Victoria for five years, and projects concerning quality pedagogy and the impact of evidence-based interventions on vulnerable children in Victoria and the Northern Territory.
This MicroCert is taught over eight weeks. The total time commitment is 42.5 hours, consisting of approximately seven hours guided learning, 5.5 hours professional reading, 10 hours self-guided study and peer learning, and 20 hours for assessment tasks. Assessment includes:
- Venn diagram highlighting the similarities and differences of two leadership strategies along with accompanying reflective synopsis (50%)
- Response to one element of the Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) used in ECEC settings along with a critically reflective statement (50%)
Upon completion, you will be awarded your Leading Learning for Quality Improvement Melbourne MicroCert. This digital certificate will warrant the achievement of knowledge, skills and capabilities outlined in the learning outcomes. It may also include artefacts (such as videos and written material) related to both experiential and work-integrated learning, including translatable assessment that is practical to your professional life.
Links to industry
This Melbourne MicroCert has been developed in consultation with Educational Leaders and Pedagogical Leaders in the ECEC sector.
The MicroCert is aligned with the following Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) teacher standards: Interpret student data; Engage with colleagues and improve practice; and Comply with legislative, administrative and organisational requirements.
Pathways to further study
Leading Learning for Quality Improvement can be taken as a stand-alone course, or you can complement it with any other Melbourne MicroCert in the Educational Leadership in Early Childhood series, in whatever order you choose.
Other Melbourne MicroCerts in this series include:
- Leading Learning through Partnerships
- Leading Learning: Contemporary Theories
- Leading Learning through Advocacy
Leading Learning for Quality Improvement is designed to provide a pathway – otherwise known as advanced standing – into the Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching. To use it in this way, you will need to complete all four Melbourne MicroCerts in the Educational Leadership in Early Childhood series, as each MicroCert is equivalent to one quarter of a standard subject, then apply for credit towards the qualification.
You need to have a minimum of three years’ experience in early childhood sector.
If you’re aged between 45–70, employed or recently unemployed (less than 9 months) and not receiving Australian Government employment assistance, you could be eligible for Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers. Skills Checkpoint is an Australian Government funded service that allows eligible individuals to access personalised support programs including one-on-one support with a career advisor.
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