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Child and Adolescent Development, Department of


MA - Child and Adolescent Development

Requirements for Admission

1. An application for admission to the university and an application for admission to the Child and Adolescent Development Graduate Program are required. Students must be admitted to both the master's degree program and the Graduate Division of the university. These require separate applications, and admission to one does not guarantee admission to the other. Contact the Office of Admissions and Records for information on application forms, procedures and deadlines for admission to the university. Application forms for the master's degree program are available in the Child Development Department office located in Sweeney Hall 201. The completed application form with accompanying materials should be sent to the Child and Adolescent Development Department Graduate Program Coordinator, San José State University, One Washington Square, San José, CA 95192-0075. Questions regarding MA programs may be directed to Dr. Maureen Smith, Graduate Advisor. The deadline generally is April 30 for admission to the fall semester.

2. A minimum 3.0 grade point average and a score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

3. A score above 550 on TOEFL (international students only).

4. A 1-2 page statement of educational and professional background, and professional goals.

5. Three letters of recommendation from current or former professors and/or employers who can testify to the candidate's ability to pursue successfully an advanced academic degree. Letters should be sent directly to the Child and Adolescent Development Department Graduate Program Coordinator.

6. Transcripts of record from all college level institutions attended.

Requirements for Admission to Classified Standing

Applicants must meet all university Graduate Division admission requirements as well as those of the College of Education. College of Education requirements include a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the last two years of undergraduate study, including work in the major.

Requirements for Admission to Candidacy for the Master of Arts Degree

To be admitted to candidacy for the Master of Arts degree, a student must first meet the all-university requirements for the degree as stated in this catalog, including successful completion of the Graduate English Writing Requirement. Applicants must also meet with a graduate advisor to plan a formal, 30-unit course of study, and successfully complete 9 units of course work in the department. The proposed graduate program must be approved by the Graduate Advisor and the Graduate Coordinator before the student may be considered a candidate for the MA degree.

Requirements for the MA - Child and Adolescent Development

With approval of an advisor, the minimum program for completing the 30-unit requirement is as follows:


Course Requirements

Graduate Competency in Writing0
At SJSU, students must pass the graduate competency in writing requirement. For information on the Competency in Writing Requirement, please see http://info.sjsu.edu/gcw.html.
Requirement of the Masters30
Core Courses18
CHAD 260A. Seminar in Child and Adolescent Development: Research3
CHAD 260B. Seminar in Child and Adolescent Development3
CHAD 262. Multicultural Issues in Child and Adolescent Development3
CHAD 266. Social Policy Issues in American Childhood and Youth3
CHAD 268. Seminar in Social and Emotional Development3
CHAD 270. Seminar in Cognitive and Language Development3
Culminating Experience3
Plan A (Thesis)
CHAD 299. Master's Thesis3
Plan B (Project)
CHAD 298. Special Studies in Child and Adolescent Development3
Electives9
Nine units of upper division and graduate level courses are to be taken in consultation with an advisor.

Total Units:30

Candidates for the MA - Child and Adolescent Development may elect Plan A (Thesis) or Plan B (Project).

Plan A (Thesis)

Plan A requires a thesis and an oral examination. Thesis proposals must be approved by the graduate committee. Two advisors will be assigned to work with the candidate on the thesis, and the thesis committee must be a committee of three. Students enroll in CHAD 299, MA Thesis, for 3 units. Completion of the degree also requires a 3.0 GPA in all courses taken to meet the degree program.

Plan B (Project)

Plan B requires satisfactory completion of a project or research paper. These students enroll in CHAD 298, Special Studies in Child Development, for 3 units. Completion of the degree also requires a 3.0 GPA in all courses taken to meet the degree program.

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