Jul 18, 2024  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Child and Adolescent Development

Office: Sweeney Hall 201

Telephone: 408-924-3718 (Voice); 408-924-3758 (Fax)

Email: childdev@sjsu.edu

Website: www.sjsu.edu/chad


Toni Campbell
Mary McVey
Maureen C. Smith
Nadia Sorkhabi

Associate Professors

Maria Fusaro
Robin L. Love
Cara Maffini
Ravisha Mathur
Ellen Middaugh
Emily Slusser, Chair

Assistant Professors

Janet Bang
Dina Izenstark
Robert Marx
Danielle Mead-Nytko
Kim Tsai


Interested in K-8 teaching? In childcare? Or in agencies serving children, youth, and families? A degree in child and adolescent development is excellent training for careers involving children and families. Or perhaps you already possess entry-level credentials, already work with children and youth and want to advance your career. A wide range of professionals-from childcare administrators to parent educators to child/youth advocates to child and family counselors to pediatric nurses to healthcare workers-have gained the knowledge and expertise they needed to move ahead in the workplace through our bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Our curriculum incorporates theory, research, policy and practice, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of children and adolescents. For hands-on training we offer numerous activities in community agencies and we operate a campus laboratory preschool. We graduate well-informed, responsible individuals, sensitive to the commonalities and diversities of the world and its people.

Honors Program

Students who are majoring in Child and Adolescent Development and have maintained a 3.5 GPA in the major are eligible to apply to the Child and Adolescent Development Honors Program. Once accepted into the program, students must enroll in CHAD 199 - Senior Honors Thesis . Students who maintain the required GPA and successfully complete CHAD 199  will graduate with Honors in Child and Adolescent Development. Interested students should contact the Child and Adolescent Development department for more information.


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      Child and Adolescent Development