This course addresses the concepts related to understanding the areas and stages of human growth and development, recognizing effects of heredity and environment on human growth and development, meeting the needs of exceptional children, promoting optimum growth and development in the prenatal, infancy, toddler, preschool and school-age stages.  Careers in child/human development are explored.  Leadership development will be provided through the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) student organization.