Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BA - Child and Adolescent Development

Preparation for Teaching: Multiple Subjects

San José State University -to- CSU, Northridge

Community College students should meet with a counselor as soon as possible to determine the equivalent courses offered at that institution. Students should complete as many as possible of the lower division requirements listed below, prior to transfer.

Also see Preparation for Teaching notes at the bottom of this page.

Lower Division Course Requirements

Community College Course Equivalents

There are two main program options for the BA in Child and Adolescent Development, Plan A and Plan B.

The following option is Plan A:

This program is a diversified major that also includes a program of subject matter preparation for prospective multiple subject teachers. Plan A prepares students for a multiple subject credential program and for the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). Course and GPA requirements are subject to change. For more information about the department please visit
(College of Education) Department of Child and Adolescent Development, Plan A provides students with a broad interdisciplinary program of study which will prepare them for entry into a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program. Please contact the department office, (408) 924-3718; Location: Sweeney Hall, Room 201. Students should visit the department web site for more information at:
or particularly the pages concerning advising:

Core Curriculum in the SJSU Elementary Subject Matter Program for Teachers:

General Education and Major Requirements - Courses listed below may satisfy both GE (in the area approved at the transfer institution) and major requirements.

Lower Division and Interdisciplinary Requirements of the Major:

CHAD 060 Child DevelopmentNo Current Equivalent
CHAD 070 Lifespan Development in the 21st CenturyNo Current Equivalent
PSYC 001 General PsychologyNo Current Equivalent
SOCI 015 Statistical Applications in the Social SciencesNo Current Equivalent
STAT 095 Elementary StatisticsNo Current Equivalent
Any Area A-1 certified CSU GE course approved for Oral Communication (public speaking preferred).

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingNo Current Equivalent
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisNo Current Equivalent

The following courses should also be taken prior to transfer. In most cases they are approved for GE at the transfer institution attended. If this is the case, SJSU will allow the courses to double count for the major and GE. If not offered at your transfer school see your SJSU major advisor once you transfer to SJSU:

MATH 012 Number Systems
preferred if certified for Area B4, or a qualified Mathematics for Elementary Teachers course certified for CSU GE Area B4.
No Current Equivalent
CHEM 030A Introductory Chemistry
Or a qualified Survey of Chemistry and Physics course certified for CSU GE Area B-1 and B-3, if the specified course is not certified in these areas of GE.
No Current Equivalent
BIOL 021 Human Biology
A qualified Introduction to Biology course certified for CSU GE Area B-2 and B-3, if the specified course is not certified in these areas of GE.
BIOL 104 General Biology-Human Emphasis
ART 039 Multicultural Arts for ChildrenNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 010B Introduction to MusicNo Current Equivalent

Preparation for Teaching

The preparation of teachers is an all-university activity at San José State University. The teacher preparation majors have special programs for future teachers. These programs are designed to meet the standards for "subject matter competency" for the Elementary Education (multiple subjects) teacher credential program at San José State University. Regardless of the undergraduate program you complete, you must take the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET).
In order to facilitate your transfer from community college to San José State University, please review the above list of courses offered at SJSU and the equivalents at the community college (go to or Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a community college counselor/advisor for program planning.
Upon acceptance to San José State University, students will contact the advisor for their selected major and develop a program of study in preparation for application to the teacher-credential program.


Admission to San Jose State is competitive in all majors. SJSU continues to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. Because of this, SJSU is an impacted campus with impacted programs. For the most current information regarding admission impaction at SJSU please visit our website SJSU Impaction Information page.

Prior to transferring to San Jose State University all transfers must earn at least 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter), including the CSU four basic skill courses required for CSU admission eligibility (except majors which have an approved CSU GE A3 waiver). Within those 60 semester/90 quarter units, students are strongly encouraged to complete the following:

1. Lower Division Major Course Requirements (especially for STEM Majors):
Complete as many of the lower division courses required for the major as possible. Many of these courses may be double counted as part of the CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements. The lower division major courses for this major are shown above.

2. General Education Requirements:
Complete all the CSU GE Breadth requirements at the community college (39 semester units/58 quarter units). The approved courses for each area can be found at under the link "CSU GE-Breadth Certification Courses" for your college. Many of these courses may be double counted to meet the major requirements shown above, so choose your courses wisely. Some SJSU majors which meet GE requirements within the majors are noted on the Major Exceptions and Modifications page in our catalog. Please see your college counselor/advisor to review your general education in order to receive FULL OR PARTIAL CERTIFICATION PRIOR TO TRANSFER to San Jose State University.

3. Second Course in English Composition highly recommended:
All students are strongly encouraged to complete a second English composition course as part of their lower division GE prior to transferring to SJSU (either to meet CSU GE Area A3 or C2) for the greatest success in passing the Writing Skills Test (WST) at SJSU. Complete this course with a grade of "C" or better prior to registering for the WST at SJSU to avoid delays in enrollment for other SJSU courses. To register for the WST contact our Testing office at:

4. American Institutions Requirement (US 1, US 2, and US 3 must be completed):
This requirement is normally 2 courses and can be taken as part of your CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements (GE Area D and sometimes Area C). The approved courses can be found at under the link "CSU U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals Courses" for your college.

5. Graduation Requirement - Physical Education (PE):
All undergraduate students who matriculate at SJSU are required to complete two units of physical education from Kinesiology/Dance activity courses, unless the major program has an approved PE waiver. Majors which have approved PE waivers are noted on the Major Exceptions and Modifications page in our catalog.