This course is an overview of the field of early care and education. Education professionals engage in assignments that emphasize the elements of high-quality programs, governing standards and regulations, and historical perspectives. They engage in peer discussions on a range of topics, such as the nature of infant care and education, learning through play, quality education and teaching, the definition of education, and current issues affecting education. Education professionals gain further insight into the profession of teaching and working with children through interviews with teachers of various age groups. Additionally, education professionals explore career options and consider what it means to be a professional in the field of early care and education.