The course provides an in-depth study of normal growth and development from conception through early childhood with an emphasis on the needs and characteristics of each developmental level. Prominent theories of child psychology will also be introduced such as Piaget, Erikson, Maslow and behaviorism. Observation of children will be required as part of the course requirements. Students will be required to complete 15 hours of observation in a child care setting. Students are required to purchase a Taskstream electronic portfolio subscription.