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Child and Adolescent Development, Department of

BA - Child and Adolescent Development

This program provides a strong foundation in child development and could be the basis for graduate study in child development and related fields. Students who have declared Child and Adolescent Development as their major should meet with the Department advisor for consultation and approval of the program. Assigned advisor information is posted inside and outside of SH 201 and is listed on the department website

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements36
Of the 51 units required by the university, 15 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
Requirement of the Major48
Lower Division Core9
CHAD 060. Child DevelopmentE3
CHAD 067. Development of Human PotentialE3
PSYC 001. General PsychologyD13
Upper Division Core30
CHAD 101. Research Methods in Child Development3
CHAD 160. Child Development Practicum3
CHAD 161. Child Care Administration II3
CHAD 168. Social and Emotional Development in Childhood and Adolescence3
CHAD 169. Motivating Children and Adolescents in Educational Settings3
CHAD 170. Contextual Influences on Cognitive Development3
CHAD 195. Senior Seminar in Child Development3
Complete one course from:
CHAD 100W. Writing WorkshopZ3
LLD 100W. Writing WorkshopZ3
Complete one course from:
CHAD 162. Childhood and Adolescence in a Multicultural Society3
CHAD 164. Contemporary Parenting3
Complete one course from:
CHAD 163. Critical Issues in Adolescent Development3
CHAD 173. Crit. Issues in Infant/Toddler Develop.3
Interdisciplinary Requirements9
Complete one course from each of the following areas:
CA 177. Interdisciplinary Arts for Teaching3
PSYC 117. Psychological Tests and Measures3
SOCI 177. Sociology of Education3
HPRF 135. Health Issues in a Multicultural SocietyS3
KIN 169. Diversity, Stress and HealthS3
NUFS 114B. Community Nutrition (non-majors)3
ANTH 153. Human Variation and Behavior3
EDSE 102. Speech, Language & Typical, Atypical Dev3
EDSE 104. Atypical Development in Young Children3
LING 129. Culture, Language and Ethnicity in the U.S.S3
PSYC 142. Child Psychopathology3
JS 136. Family and Community ViolenceS3
JS 152. Juvenile Delinquency & Justice3
SOCI 151. Violence in the Family3
Mathematical Concepts3
Statistics Course (Area B4)3
UNVS 015C or UNIVS 16C may be used in lieu of the statistics course required by this major through the Summer 2014.
University Electives or Minor34
Courses selected with advisor approval from interdisciplinary requirements in the major or the preparation for teaching requirements.
Recommended Electives:
CHAD 150. Development of Communicative Competence3
CHAD 151. Developing Literacy in a Diverse Society3
CHAD 167. Child Care Administration I3

Total Units:120

Note: The following Capstone courses, CHAD 160, CHAD 159 and CHAD 195 may be repeated only once.