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This course is designed to deepen a student's understanding of the processes of development and developmental variations in infancy and early childhood. By considering current research from neuroscience, psychology, and the social sciences, students will develop an appreciation of the complex interactions between early brain development and the social environment. Students will identify forces that impact typical development and the range and variety of developmental pathways within different cultural and environmental contexts. Students will develop their understanding of the characteristics, etiology, and developmental variations of specific disabilities that occur in young children, and the implications of these differences for development and learning. Students will consider and critically analyze the theoretical, practical, and research foundations of different intervention approaches in early childhood education. Prerequisite: EDUC 500 or EDUC 800.