This course covers the study of human growth and development across the life span. Emphasis will be on normal growth and milestones as well as barriers to development achieved in the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional systems. The course also examines the context of culture as it relates to growth and development. Before teachers can assume their important positions in an educational system, they must first thoroughly understand how children grow and develop normally, understand some of the theories and research examining that growth and development, and know how to apply that knowledge to the varying individuals who will represent the learners whose lives they affect. Many times, educators find themselves challenged by differing levels of ability, social skills, and experience as well as learners from other cultures. To serve as effective educators, students must know how to adapt methods in order to incorporate all students into a group of successful learners.