Jul 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Academic 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


Maureen C. Smith
Emily Slusser
Nadia Sorkhabi

Associate Professors

Maria Fusaro
Dina Izenstark
Robin L. Love
Cara Maffini
Ravisha Mathur, Chair
Danielle Mead-Nytko
Ellen Middaugh
Kim Tsai

Assistant Professors

Janet Bang
Robert Marx


Interested in becoming an elementary school teacher? An early childhood educator? An advocate working with agencies to serve 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, 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. ChAD’s curriculum incorporates theory, research, policy and practice, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of children and adolescents. The department offers hands-on training with numerous activities in community agencies and the department’s campus laboratory preschool. Students graduate as 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 - Honors in Child & Adolescent Development . 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.


    Undergraduate Major(s)

    Undergraduate Minor(s)


    Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Scholars

    Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Programs  programs are combined bachelor’s and master’s programs at SJSU (per University Policy F19-1). Sometimes they may also satisfy the requirements for a credential. Students in these programs pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree simultaneously. These program allow students to earn graduate credit while in their junior and/or senior year, reducing the number of semesters required for completion of a master’s degree.


      Child and Adolescent Development