Studies early childhood education from a historical perspective and includes principles, stages and prominent theories of growth and development. Content includes an in-depth study of the interrelatedness of the child’s environment and his/her physical, emotional, cognitive and social development. Identify, evaluate and discuss typical and atypical development. Examines developmentally appropriate techniques for working with children birth through middle childhood. It reviews topics such as health, nutrition, play, diversity, socioeconomics, language, ability gender and family. Field work is required outside of class time to provide students with opportunities to learn and practice competencies related to the care and education of young children.