MAN 5133 National Management training for pre-school administrators

MAN 5133 National Management training for pre-school administrators

Course code: 
MAN 5133
Communication and Culture
Course coordinator: 
Helga Norheim
Course name in Norwegian: 
Nasjonal lederutdanning for styrere i barnehager
Product category: 
EMM - Educational Leadership, Specialisation
2024 Autumn
Active status: 
Level of study: 
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Course type: 
Three semesters

This programme is offered to administrators in public and private pre-schools who wish to complete the national administrative education. Through this programme the administrators will gain necessary knowledge and competence in leadership and organisational development.

This will contribute to
•    Enhance children’s well-being, learning and development
•    Develop a sector standard for leadership and management among pre-school administrators
•    Strengthen the understanding and application of the research-based knowledge which is a necessary prerequisite for pre-school quality improvement and results

The target group consists of both current and future administrators in both public and private pre-schools. 

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The candidates have advanced knowledge about institutional organisaiton and pedagogical practice that contribute to increased well-being, learning and development in children. The candidates know scientific methods and perspectives, which enable them to evaluate knowledge about pre-school development. They have advanced knowledge about the development of their own organisation and leadership practice in light of sector-specific traditions and characteristics. They area ble to choose and implement strategies for development of their own organisation, of colleagues and of children’s well-being learning and development.

Learning outcomes - Skills

The candidates are able to interpret and understand what society demands from pre-schools. They possess confidence and courage to lead their own organisation toward an increasingly advanced and competent learning organisation. They can apply the professional foundation to strengthen pedagogical, organisational and interpersonal relations, and relate critically and constructively to new knowledge about pre-school development.

General Competence

The candidates are able to focus on the importance of children’s learning and development in discussions about the pre-school’s prioritisations, organisation, and practices. They have competence, courage and wish to participate in the debate about the development of pre-schools in Norway in an international perspective. They have the courage to endure in a complex leadership situation where change and reform of the sector, aiming to improve quality, must be based on solid theoretical foundations. The candidates are confident regarding their own identity, and have a reflective approach to others’ cultural identity and integrity.

Course content

The program consists of seven modules, one of which takes place in London.


Themes covered:

Early intervention
Focus on learning
Quality indicators
Communication and leadership
Power and influence
Change and development of own practice
Pedagogical organisation
Analysis of own organisation
Building high quality motivating work environment
The role of pre-school in a life perspective
Ownership and ensuring quality
The relationship between school and pre-school
Leadership of high-quality pre-schools in practice

Change management
Management prerogative and room for manoeuvre
Management dilemmas
Innovation, development and change

Financial management
Strategic management
Resource management
Writing workshop

Leadership training
The programme includes leadership training for students. This consists of a combination of introductory lectures, exercises, and feedback, with the aim of increasing participants’ confidence in challenging leadership situations. The program covers Communication and influence, Leadership and power. The students will work with their own leadership profiles, both to evaluate use of personal leadership resources and to develop personal leadership. They will construct individual implementation plans and discuss implementation of these.

Teaching and learning activities

The program is carried out in seven modules. Personal counseling will be provided in addition to counseling during the lectures. In general, students can expect advisory counseling as opposed to evaluative counseling. Counseling time is estimated to be 2 hours per term paper.


In all BI Executive courses and programs, there is a mutual requirement for the student and the course responsible regarding the involvement of the student's experience in the planning and implementation of courses, modules and programmes. This means that the student has the right and duty to get involved with their own knowledge and practice relevance, through the active sharing of their relevant experience and knowledge.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

Students are assessed through a term paper - 60%, and a take-home exam 72 h, 40%.
The term paper can be written individually or in groups of up to 3 students. Approximately 40 pages plus attachments.
The take-home exam is done individually.
Both forms of assessment must receive a passing grade for the program degree to be awarded.


Bachelor degree, corresponding to 180 credits from an accredited university, university college or similar educational institution. The applicant must be at least 25 years of age and at least four years of work experience. For applicants who have already completed a master’s degree, three years of work experience are required.

Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.


Required prerequisite knowledge

General admissions requirements:180 ECTS and 4 years’ working experience. See also admissions requirements

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Submission PDF
Exam/hand-in semester: 
Second Semester
72 Hour(s)
Take-home exam is done individually.
Exam code: 
MAN 51331
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Submission PDF
Exam/hand-in semester: 
Third Semester
Group/Individual (1 - 3)
2 Semester(s)
The term paper can be written individually or in groups of up to 3 students. 40 pages plus attachments
Exam code: 
MAN 51332
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
All exams must be passed to get a grade in this course.
Total weight: 
Course codeCredit reduction
MAN 5148100
MAN 3127/3128/3129/3130100
MAN 3131/3132/3133/3134100
MAN 3151100
MAN 3176100
MAN 5137100
MAN 5140100
MAN 5167100
Credit reductions:
Course code:MAN 5148
Credit reduction:100
Course code:MAN 3127/3128/3129/3130
Credit reduction:100
Course code:MAN 3131/3132/3133/3134
Credit reduction:100
Course code:MAN 3151
Credit reduction:100
Course code:MAN 3176
Credit reduction:100
Course code:MAN 5137
Credit reduction:100
Course code:MAN 5140
Credit reduction:100
Course code:MAN 5167
Credit reduction:100
Reduction description

Sperre mot tilsvarende kurs og programmer - 1. året i EMM med spesialisering i skoleledelse.

Student workload
150 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
150 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
326 Hour(s)
150 Hour(s)
Work with the term paper
24 Hour(s)
Work with 72 hour take home exam
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 30 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 800 hours.