ECD712 - Management Leadership Skills & Staff Development

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-07-09 08:52:36.704
Last review date 2018-07-09 08:52:36.704

Subject Title
Management Leadership Skills & Staff Development

Subject Description
This subject explores effective communication and theories of leadership. Through a process of self-evaluation, students will develop a professional leadership style appropriate to the role of an administrator of an early childhood education setting. Students will develop techniques to hire and maintain quality staff in an Early Childhood Education program.

Credit Status
One credit toward the ECE Administration Certificate Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Develop strategies for effective conflict management pertinent to problems occurring in ECE settings.
2. Analyze the stress factors in ECE settings and develop techniques for handling stress.
3. Evaluate a variety of theories for leadership.
4. Evaluate management effectiveness including/and productive performance appraisals specific to ECD programming.
5. Develop human resource practices that are pertinent to the program requirements and equitable to potential employees.
6. Develop & demonstrate effective time-management techniques.
7. Apply practices for effective leadership in ECE programs.
8. Demonstrate the ability to self-evaluate personal leadership skills.
9. Integrate the CECE Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics to ECE programming.
10. Assess the legal requirements of ECE professional practices in Ontario licensed child care programs as identifed in the CCEYA through the Ministry of Education of Ontario.
11. Develop professional development based on the needs of the staff.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

ECE Diploma or equivalency - obtain orientation information from Coordinator

Topic Outline
1.    Leadership: Components, Theories, Styles
2.    Interpersonal / Intrapersonal Communication
3.    Time Management
4.    Legislation
5.    Ethics / Professionalism
6.    Conflict Resolution
7.    Planning Meetings / Seminars
8.    Professional Development
9.    Hiring Practice / Performance
10. Appraisals

Mode of Instruction
Lectures and demonstrations, group discussion, case studies, and videos/films.

Prescribed Texts
Inclass and Online Texts and Resources:
Healthy Foundations in Early Childhood Settings, 5th edition (Pkg.); B. Pimento and D. Kerested; Nelson Thomson; ISBN #9780176509569

Administering for Quality: Leading Canadian Early Childhood Programs, 5th edition; Karen Chandler; Publisher: Pearson Education;ISBN: 9780133119749

College of ECE of Ontario;

Child Care and Early Years Act of Ontario,

CECE Code of Ethics and  Standards of Practice web site:

Reference Material
A Writer's Resource, 3rd edition
By Maimon, Peritz, Rubens, McGraw Hill, ISBN#97800706858840

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
For in-class subject, students must retain a duplicate of all assignments.  All assignments are due in hard copy form at the beginning of class. Late assignments will be subject to the following penalties:
After the start of class to one week late: 10% of total assignment grade will be deducted.
Second week late: 20% of total assignment grade will be deducted . If the assignment is not submitted within the two weeks after the due date it will be assumed that the student chooses not to submit the assignment and a grade of 0 will be assigned. The final grade will be calculated by adding the grades for the assignments submitted.

For in-class and on-line subjects, students must request an extension for assignments in writing before the assignment due date. Extensions will be granted on an individual basis and many require submission of documentation to verify lateness. The instructor will determine any grade penalty that may apply.

Assignments / Presentations are to be grammatically correct, and marks will be deducted for errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express their thoughts clearly in both written assignments and class discussions.

All assignments / presentations must be cited.  Students are referred to the following web site for Seneca College library APA Style Guide for citation and Guide to Integrating Quotations (APA Style): Sources/mla_guide.html

Students are strongly encouraged to attend all classes and assessments (online - participate in all learning activities).   It is your responsibility to cover any missed materials.   Presentations or exams missed without sufficient documented reason, will result in a grade of zero for the missed assessment(s).

The student must attain a combined grade of at least 50% on the term work and the final exam to pass the course.  For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices or online at:

In class Evaluations
Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

        Staff Meeting                                           25%
        In-Class Presentation:
           Professional Development Seminar     35%
        Leadership Observation & Report           25%
        Quiz                                                         15%

Online Delivery:

        Discussion Assignments 4 @ 5% each                              20%                  
        Assignment 1 Leadership Observation Report                  25%
        Assignment 2 Staff Meeting                                                    20%  
        Assignment 3 Professional Development Workshop       35%
       (includes preparing a workshop outline, presenting it to class,
        and moderating a class discussion on it)


Approved by: Sandra Noble