Sep 23, 2023  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Child and Adolescent Development

Office: Sweeney Hall 201

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




Toni Campbell
Mary McVey
Maureen C. Smith
Nadia Sorkhabi

Associate Professors

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

Assistant Professors

Janet Bang
Dina Izenstark
Robert Marx
Danielle Mead-Nytko
Ellen Middaugh
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.

Child and Adolescent Development Honors Program

Students may apply for the departmental Honors Program in Child and Adolescent Development if they meet the following criteria: completion of 9 units of upper division child development course work with a minimum GPA of 3.5, and completion of CHAD 101  or STAT 95  (or equivalent) with a grade of “A-” or better. Students who meet the entrance criteria will be awarded departmental honors by showing evidence of distinguished scholarly work as indicated by completion of a BA honors thesis (CHAD 199 - Senior Honors Thesis ) or work leading to a published paper or presentation at a professional meeting, and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in all upper division child development courses.


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      Child and Adolescent Development