Jun 10, 2023
This ChAD program, offered by the Department of Child and Adolescent Development , provides a strong foundation in child development and could be the basis for graduate study in child development and related fields. This major is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in a variety of child-related fields, such as early childhood and elementary school classrooms, community settings, and/or agencies serving children, youth, and families. Students who have declared Child and Adolescent Development (ChAD) as their major should meet with the department advisor for consultation and approval of program roadmaps. Information about ChAD advising and how to make an appointment can be found on the department website.
Summary of Degree Units
|University Graduation Requirements
The 4-Year Roadmap is available online. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Degrees (ADT) Pathways are also available online.
Students must satisfy all of the major and Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements , which includes unit, GPA, and residency requirements as well as the below identified General Education , American Institutions, Graduation Writing Assessment, and Physical Education requirements. Courses that meet Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements are noted with an area designation (see Course Abbreviations ).
Core Lower Division General Education (27 units)
Of the 39 units required by the university, 12 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3, B4, or F must be passed with a “C-” or better to meet the requirement. Consult with a a major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all lower division GE requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education (6 units)
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with a major advisor for details.
American Institutions (6 units)
Complete one 6-unit sequence of American Institutions (US123) courses, which also satisfies GE Area D. Students may also satisfy the American Institutions Requirement with other courses, but these may not satisfy other GE areas.
The American Studies (AMS 1A /AMS 1B ; 12 units) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A /HUM 1B /HUM 2A /HUM 2B ; 24 units) sequences satisfy the American Institutions Requirement and additional GE Areas (see course descriptions for details).
Consult with a major advisor to select the appropriate sequence.
African American Studies (6 units)
Asian American Studies (6 units)
Chicana and Chicano Studies (6 units)
U.S. History and Government (6 units)
Complete One US1: US History Course
Complete One US23: US Constitution and California Government Course
Physical Education (2 units)
All SJSU undergraduate students, regardless of major, have an opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in physical activities. To accommodate students’ needs and interests, the university offers a diverse selection of activity courses .
Major Requirements (51-52 units)
Lower Division Core (12 units)
Upper Division Core (24 units)
Area of Specialization (15-16 units)
Specializations are a cluster of courses used by departments for advising purposes. Specializations will not appear on transcripts or diplomas. Please see an advisor for more details. Complete one of the following specializations:
Early Childhood Focus (15 units)
Community Focus (15-16 units)
Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent Development (3 units)
Complete one course:
Interdisciplinary Elective (3-4 units)
Complete one course:
University Electives or Minor (27-28 units)