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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 www.sjsu.edu/chad/advising/.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements38
Core Lower Division General Education24
Of the 39 units required by the university, 15 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Other courses do meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentM73
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IIM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. HistoryM123
HIST 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentM113
Can be taken as POLS 015 A/B as well.
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Requirements of the Major51-52
Lower Division Core12
CHAD 060. Child DevelopmentE3
CHAD 070. Lifespan Development in the 21st CenturyE3
PSYC 001. General PsychologyD13
STAT 095. Elementary StatisticsB43
May substitute STAT 095 with SOCS/SOCI 015
Upper Division Core24
CHAD 101. Research Methods in Child Development3
CHAD 165. Risk and Resilience in a Community Context3
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
Area Specialization15-16
Complete one plan from the following:
Specializations are a cluster of courses used by departments for advising purposes. Specializations will not appear on transcripts or diplomas. Please see advisor for more details.
Plan B115
CHAD 150. Development of Communicative Competence3
CHAD 152. Foundations for Early Childhood Curriculum3
CHAD 160. Child Development Practicum3
CHAD 161. Administration of Early Childhood Progs3
CHAD 173. Crit. Issues in Infant/Toddler Develop.3
Plan B215-16
CHAD 104. Program Evaluation and Assessment in Community-Based Programs3
CHAD 157. Adult Supervision for Programs Serving Children, Youth, and Families3
CHAD 158. Practicum in Community-Based Organizations Serving Children and Youth3
Complete one course from:
CHAD 163. Critical Issues in Adolescent Development3
CHAD 173. Crit. Issues in Infant/Toddler Develop.3
Interdisciplinary Elective3-4
Complete one course from:
COMM 144F. Organizational Communication4
HS 145. Community Mental Health3
JS 152. Juvenile Delinquency & Justice3
LING 129. Culture, Language and Ethnicity in the U.S.S3
SOCI 151. Violence in the Family3
SOCI 170. Sociology of Family3
URBP 133. Introduction to Social Issues in Planning4
University Electives or Minor30-31
University electives may be chosen by student, however the department highly recommends the following courses. If not taken above.
CHAD 104. Program Evaluation and Assessment in Community-Based Programs3
CHAD 150. Development of Communicative Competence3
CHAD 151. Developing Literacy in a Diverse Society3

Total Units:120

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