Sep 23, 2023  
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Child and Adolescent Development, Preparation for Teaching, BA + Multiple Subject Credential + Teaching, MAT (2023-2024)

Admissions Requirements | Graduate Standing Requirements​ | Advising Roadmap

This Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) program  provides a pathway for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development with a focus on K-8 teacher preparation and a Multiple Subject Credential and master’s degree in teacher education.

Undergraduates enrolled in the program begin their graduate studies while completing undergraduate requirements. Students who complete this program will have developed a deep understanding of child and adolescent development, including how to apply this knowledge to the instruction of children in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

For more information, contact the Child & Adolescent Development Department at

Admissions Requirements

Most frosh and transfer students will become eligible to apply for the SAGE Scholars program in the Fall semester of Year 3 and enter the pathway during their Spring semester of Year 3. As per AA 2012-01, students will not need to apply formally for graduate admission if accepted into this program. To be eligible: 

  • Students must have successfully completed a minimum of 60 undergraduate degree applicable units and not more than 120 undergraduate degree applicable units at the time of program entry;
  • Students must be enrolled in or have completed the undergraduate Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (CHAD 100W) with a C or better;
  • Students must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA over the last 60 semester/90 quarter units across colleges.

Interested students must meet with their ChAD Academic Advisor, who will fill out a SAGE Program worksheet and compose a Course of Study Plan. A copy of both the worksheet and the plan should be included in the student application to the department. The Department of Child and Adolescent Development will submit a SAGE application to the Teacher Education Department. With the exception of the letters of recommendation (see below), all application documents should be collated into a single pdf and sent to the Teacher Education Department via This application includes the following components:

  • SJSU SAGE application and tracking form;
  • TED departmental application form;
  • 1-page resume;
  • A 1-2 page statement of purpose;
  • Transcripts for any coursework not showing in MySJSU account; 
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • A Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Applications will be processed by the Teacher Education Department and not through CalState Apply. They are processed without an application fee and will be reviewed by faculty in the Teacher Education Department. Applicants may be contacted to schedule an admissions interview with the Teacher Education Department.

Graduate Standing Requirements 

Requirements for program continuation and advancement to candidacy in the graduate program, include:

  • Regularly meet with an academic advisor to plan and track coursework and graduate status. Once the BA is conferred, students meet every semester with their graduate advisor to plan a formal course of study.
  • Maintain GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • The proposed graduate Course of Study Plan must be approved by the graduate coordinator before the student may be considered a candidate for the MAT degree.
  • To convert to graduate status, students must have completed their 45 hours of pre-professional service and all lower division requirements. 
  • To enter student teaching, students must have completed Subject Matter Competency requirements (established by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing).
  • Students must also demonstrate aptitude for advanced work in professional education as measured by instructor appraisals, evaluation of previous academic work, recommendation by qualified professionals, or other assessments.

Note that SAGE students must meet the same undergraduate graduation requirements as all Child and Adolescent Development majors, including University and GE requirements, to be conferred the BA. As graduate students, SAGE students must meet all current graduate program requirements. Upon completion of the credential requirements, students must have achieved a SJSU cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in their graduate work order to be recommended for a credential.

Advising Roadmap

The following roadmap is a sample advising map to complete the SAGE Scholars program in 5 years. Please consult your major advisor  as you develop your individualized academic plan. Students must have completed 60+ units in order to enroll in SJSU Studies courses.

Year 1 | Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4 | Year 5

Year 1

Spring Semester (15 units)

Year 2

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Roadmap Notes

* Complete one sequence from: AFAM 2A/AFAM 2B, AAS 33A/AAS 33B, CCS 10A/CCS 10B, OR HIST 15/POLS 15.
** Either B1 or B2 must be taken with a B3 - Laboratory.
1Recommended as a summer course.

The standalone Child and Adolescent Development, Preparation for Teaching, BA program requires the completion of CHAD 149 . Students satisfy this course in this SAGE Scholars Program by completing EDTE 294 . Students must complete a minimum of 120 units to satisfy the bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 30 units to satisfy the master’s degree. In order to satisfy these requirements, 17 units of the credential count towards the bachelor’s degree and 24 units of the credential count towards the master’s degree.