Course code: BLFORP-A
Course name: Pedagogical leadership, Part 1
Academic year: 2019–2020
Credits: 15 ECTS Credits
Single subject: No
Required prerequisite knowledge
- Students from ECTE at NLA University College must have passed their final assessments from area of knowledge (KO) 1-5, and their oral examination from KO6.
- International students must be able to document their degrees in Early Childhood Teacher Education or their university placement in equivalent education, both on a bachelor level.
- Bachelor students from Intercultural studies (IKS) at NLA University College, must have passed their first year of study, 60 ECTS, and be registered within the bachelor programme.
International students will be required in preparation to attend an introductory practice week (5 days) in an early childhood education setting before the start of the semester.
A police certificate (of good conduct) must be submitted at the start of the studies.
Recommended prerequisite knowledge
Knowledge of Early Childhood Education in Norway and/or Scandinavia.
Relevance within study programme
Optional course in the ECTE bachelor program, Intercultural Studies Program or further education.
The course contains the following disciplines:
Part 1 (15 ECTS): Pedagogy (8 ECTS) and Drama (7 ECTS)
[Part 2 (15 ECTS): Pedagogy (12 ECTS) and Social Science (3 ECTS)]
Learning outcomes descriptors
After completed the course, the student will have the following learning outcomes:
- has knowledge of and is conscious of the importance of voice, body language and improvisation with relevance to leadership
- is familiar with different traditions of pedagogical supervision and their views on learning and development
- can use drama methods involving both children and staff in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)
- can use dramatic improvisation to develop his/her own leadership
- has the ability of and understanding of giving and receiving feedback
- understands the pedagogical leaders’ importance for the quality of the Early Childhood Education and Care and can transfer and apply their knowledge to other organisations, fields and target groups.
This course focuses on the role of the leader in Early Childhood Education and Care. This includes leadership related to both children and ECE staff. It will deal with leadershipfrom a social perspective. It will emphasise the pedagogical supervisor’s social responsibility and her/his responsibility for participating in professional discussions. Through practical work, such as participating and leading sessions in processdrama and microteaching, the students learn how to lead children and staff to develop competence.
The course is organised in the following topics:
- Microteaching, emphasising the development of leadership
- Development of leadership through the application of improvisation and drama pedagogical methods
Teaching and learning methods
Study and teaching methods in this course will be lectures, seminars, group work, video recordings, counselling, practice observations and self-tuition.
The expected amount of workload for the students: Approximately 400-450 working hours, including self-study.
The following requirements must be approved before the final assessment:
- Mandatory attendance in all lessons, instructions, individual or group presentations and group supervision
- Participation in a Process Drama and Microteaching-course
- Written portfolios, related to learning outcomes description
Grading, coursework requirements
Approved / not approved
Final assessment part 1:
- Oral examination:
The student prepares for an assigned professional topic, which is to be presented as an individual oral presentation of 10 minutes, followed by a conversation with the examiners. The student is allowed two days for preparations.
Permitted aids under examination
During the oral examination, lecture notes are permitted.
The grading is A - F on the final exam.
Norwegian and Scandinavian languages by application.
International students will not be eligible to apply for part 2 (15 ECTS), unless part 1 has been completed
The students will be given the opportunity to evaluate the course through oral evaluations and through standardised, anonymous web-based evaluations.
Teaching Practice: If international students attending the course are participating in and staying on campus for part 2, the practice period may be moved by the practice administration to a later or earlier date in the semester.
Final assessment: If all international students participates in both parts of this subject, the final examinationss for part 1 and 2 may be moved by the examination administration to a later or earlier date in the semester.
Available for Course Students
The course is primarily offered as a single course 30 ECTS study, divided into two parts of 15 ECTS, offered as part of the bachelor in Early Childhood Teacher Education program.
International students may choose only to complete part 1 (15 ECTS). International students will not be eligible to apply for part 2 (15 ECTS) unless part 1 has been completed.