LC #1: Early Childhood Leadership: The Personal Disposition of a Leader


Learn what it takes to become an effective leader. Identify, compare and utilize various leadership styles while examining the roles of vision, emotional intelligence, resilience, optimism and reflective practice in successful leadership of early childhood programs. With a focus on excellence and diversity, you can earn what it takes to be an effective leader.

This course can be applied to the Early Childhood Leadership Certificate.


Pam Boulton, Ed.D.

Pam Boulton, Ed.D.

Pam Boulton, EdD, is an Instructor for the Center for Early Childhood Professional Development and Leadership in the UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education and serves as the Coordinator for the Exchange Leadership Initiative for Exchange Magazine. In addition to her ... read more

Laurice McGinnis Lincoln

Laurice McGinnis Lincoln

Laurice has been dedicated to the early childhood education field for more than 30 years. Her experience as an early education teacher, and director of multiple NAEYC-accredited sites, set a strong foundation for her ongoing work in the field. She has ... read more

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Define the critical components of leadership
  • Understand the difference between management and leadership, the interrelationship between the two, and the need for leaders in early care and education settings
  • Use personal type indicators as leadership tools
  • Identify the components of emotional intelligence and their relationship to leadership in ECE programs
  • Identify, compare and use various leadership styles
  • Articulate the importance of resilience in leaders
  • Understand the importance of optimism and reflective practice to successful leadership within ECE programs
  • Articulate the importance of diversity and cultural competence within ECE leadership


Completion of a different Registry Credential or some college course work experience. Currently employed in the field of early care and education.

Course available Oct. 2-Dec. 2

Location: Online

Instructor: Laurice McGinnis Lincoln

Fee: $1,286 Graduate tuition is $2,223. Listed fees are an estimate. Actual fees for fall semester TBD by August.

Undergraduate Credits: 3, Graduate Credits: 3

Enrollment Limit: 15

Program Number:

Note: Call Tamara Johnson at 414-227-3223 for credit registration.

Registration Deadline: Wed., Sept. 6