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Educational Leadership Specialisation


For current and aspiring educational leaders who value the importance of effective leadership and its impact on organisational success and student learning.

Provides the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to lead and support the evolving needs of educational settings. Engaging in this advanced coursework will enable students to gain a real-world understanding of educational leadership and develop their ability to provide skillful and authentic leadership practice in any educational setting.

Special entry requirements

All applicants are required to have 3 years experience in educational setting or organisation, with equivalents considered.

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Unit set overview



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online Accelerated online mode


Accelerated online mode

This Specialisation can also be completed online via Accelerated mode.


Select 4 units from:

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDU6160 ^Leading Education in a Global Context15
EPA6156 ^Leading for Improvement15
EPA6157 ^Leading Staff15
EPA6158 ^Leading Community Engagement15
EPA6159 ^Accountable Leadership15
EPA6170 ^Leading Early Childhood Pedagogy and Practice (0-8 years)15
EPA6175 ^Leading Family and Community in the Early Years (0-8 years)15
EPA6124 ^Models of Educational Leadership: Past and Present15
EPA6255 ^Leading Under Challenging Circumstances15

^ Core Option

For more detailed unit information for this Specialisation take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse complex problems to generate creative solutions within a chosen the specialisation of educational leadership.
  2. Critically analyse professional approaches, knowledge and skills related to educational leadership within a diverse range of educative contexts.
  3. Manage own learning within a collaborative learning environment.
  4. Transmit specialised knowledge, skills and ideas related to educational leadership to audiences engaged in education.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

Graduates from this specialisation can choose from a wide variety of positions that require leadership. The specialisation will prepare graduates for informal and formal leadership positions across all school systems (Government, independent and Catholic) as well as universities and early learning centres.

Possible future job titles

Teachers, Head of Learning Area (HOLA), Year Coordinator, Student Service Coordinator, Deputy Principal, Assistant Principal, Principal, Directors or supervisor

This Specialisation can be studied in the following courses

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

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