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Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

BA - Child and Adolescent Development

Preparation for Teaching: Multiple Subjects

San José State University -to- Las Positas College

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 DevelopmentECD 56 Child Growth and Development
CHAD 067 Development of Human PotentialPSYC 12 Life-span Psychology
PSYC 001 General PsychologyPsyc 1 General Psychology
SOCI 015 Statistical Applications in the Social SciencesNo Current Equivalent
STAT 095 Elementary StatisticsMath 44 Statistics and Probability
Any Area A-1 certified CSU GE course approved for Oral Communication (public speaking preferred).

All students must satisfy the following prerequisite (or equivalent) prior to registering for the WST and 100W courses at SJSU {Academic Senate policy S05-8}.

Once the following course requirement is completed (earning a grade of C or better), students should contact to register for the WST exam at SJSU. Passing the WST prior to your first semester at SJSU will prevent delays in registering for upper division courses:
ENGL 001B Composition 2
A "C" or better is required in English 1B (a "C-" is not acceptable).
Eng 4 Critical Thinking and Writing About Literature
ENG 7 Critical Thinking and Writing Across Disciplines
2nd English Composition Equivalent Transfer CourseNo Current Equivalent
A course articulated to SJSU's English 1B is recommended, however any course approved for the IGETC second semester English composition area would be accepted to meet this requirement (a grade of "C" or better is required).

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.
Chem 30A Introductory and Applied Chemistry I (*)
BIOL 021 Human Biology
Or 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 50 Anatomy and Physiology
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.

LDTP Approved Courses (*)

The following Las Positas College courses are approved for the following LDTP course descriptors shown on the right.
Chem 30AGeneral Chemistry for Allied Health Majors, with Lab
LDTP courses are acceptable "in lieu of" each other.
LDTP courses are not necessarily "equivalent" or "identical" in content.


Prior to transferring to San José State University all transfers must earn at least 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter). Within those 60 semester/90 quarter units students are strongly encouraged to complete the following:

1. 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 can be double counted to meet the major requirements shown above, so choose your courses wisely. Please see your college counselor/advisor to review your general education in order to receive FULL OR PARTIAL CERTIFICATION PRIOR TO TRANSFER to San José State University.

2. Second Semester English Composition:
Complete the second semester English composition course (or equivalent) as it is a prerequisite to registering for the WST and 100W courses at SJSU. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in this course (a "C-" is not acceptable). Approved courses can be found above within the lower division major requirements. Be sure to select this course as part of your CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements. Once this course is complete, students are encouraged to take the WST exam at SJSU to avoid delays in enrollment for other SJSU required courses. To register for the WST contact our Testing office at

3. 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 US History, Constitution, and American Ideals Courses" for your college.

4. Physical Education Requirement:
Two courses are required and must include at least two different activities. Completion of these courses will clear the graduation requirement at SJSU.

5. Lower Division Major Course Requirements:
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. These requirements are shown above.