Singapore University of Social Sciences

Ethical and Effective Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Ethical and Effective Leadership in Early Childhood Education (ECE307)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Education

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


Effective leadership involves accepting and responding positively to change. A consideration of ethical procedures related to the delivery of early childhood services is included in the course content. The thrust to provide high quality early childhood services with evidence of their effectiveness has caused professionals to analyse their teaching interactions and document best practices. The compelling evidence about the importance of the first three years of life as shown in research on brain development has brought about significant changes to programs for the 0-3 age group in order to facilitate early development. These robust research findings have flow on effects as professionals in leadership positions assist their staff in centres to respond effectively and ethically to needed changes.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • Concepts of administration and management
  • Theories of leadership
  • Responding to change through effective management and leadership
  • Differing types of change, enforced, incremental and participative
  • Staff mentoring to cope with change
  • Working as team, respecting the views of others
  • Dealing with conflict resolution
  • Managing quality in ECE programs and services
  • Ethics – meaning and application
  • Policy development for effective leadership
  • Effective management for team skills
  • Dynamics of group work

Learning Outcome

  • Distinguish differences in theories, concepts, roles and functions of administration, management and leadership
  • Propose effective leadership approaches to manage change in early childhood education settings
  • Examine ethical responsibility and ethical challenges faced by effective leaders in relation to early childhood education settings
  • Apply effective strategies to manage group dynamics and change in relation to early childhood education settings
  • Recommend effective strategies in managing diversity, conflicts and teams
  • Use effective strategies and skills to develop early childhood education centres to be learning communities
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