May 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Child and Adolescent Development, Preparation for Teaching W/CSET Waiver, BA

This major is designed for students interested in teaching in elementary school or middle school. The following coursework satisfies San José State University’s requirements for a BA in Child and Adolescent Development (ChAD) with Preparation for Teaching. This specific pathway has been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) to serve as a waiver of the CSET for Multiple Subjects requirement for post-bac teacher credential programs. Note that this pathway includes several lower-division course requirements. Students are encouraged to see a department advisor to identify appropriate coursework. Information about ChAD advising and instructions to make an appointment can be found on the department website.

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing in the state of California (CCTC) recognizes Teacher Prep degrees as verification of subject matter competence. The following coursework, offered by the Department of Child and Adolescent Development , satisfies San José State University’s requirements for a BA in Child and Adolescent Development, and is a program approved by the CCTC for waiver of the subject matter examination (CSET for Multiple Subjects) required to earn a teaching credential. The department also offers a Child and Adolescent Development, Preparation for Teaching, BA without a CSET waiver.

Maintaining a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.87 and completion of the program will not guarantee admission to the credential program. Like all other applicants, students must meet credential program standards and undergo screening for admission. See the Teacher Preparation  section of the catalog for information on application and admission to credential programs.

Summary of Degree Units

University Graduation Requirements 20
Major Requirements 39
Multiple Subjects Preparation Core 60-61
University Electives 0-1
Total 120

Program Roadmaps

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.

University Requirements

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 ).

Exceptions for University Graduation Requirements  apply to this major.

Core Lower Division General Education (12 units)

Of the 39 units required by the university, 27 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 major advisor for details.

Of the 39 units, the following 12 units are not satisfied in the major:

  • GE Area A1 3 unit(s)
  • GE Area C2 3 unit(s) 
  • GE Area C1 or C2 3 unit(s)
  • GE Area F 3 unit(s)

Upper Division General Education

Of the 9 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with 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 sequence (AMS 1A /AMS 1B ; 12 units) or Humanities Honors course (HUM 2B ; 6 units) satisfies the American Institutions Requirement and additional GE Areas (see course descriptions for details).

Consult with a major advisor to select the appropriate sequence.

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 .

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

At SJSU, students must pass a Writing in the Disciplines (100W) course with a  grade of C or better (C- not accepted) to meet graduation requirements. For this major, the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)  is satisfied by a course in the major.

Major Requirements (39 units)

Multiple Subjects Preparation Core Curriculum (60-61 units)

Language and Literature (15-16 units)

Complete one course:

Visual and Performing Arts (9 units)

Physical Education and Health (3 units)

University Electives (0-1 units)

Highly recommend world language and technology coursework for teaching credential (see Credential Information Services).

Total Units Required (120 units)

Students in the Child and Adolescent Development, Preparation for Teaching, BA  have more flexibility in the selection of their General Education courses.

CHAD 159  and CHAD 195  may be repeated only once.