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Child and Adolescent Development, Preparation for Teaching, BA + Multiple Subject Credential + Teaching, MAT


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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.

Summary of Degree Units   
Child and Adolescent Development, BA 117
Teaching, MAT and 49
Multiple Subjects Credential  
Total 166

For more information, contact the Child & Adolescent Development Department at childdev@sjsu.edu.

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: 

  1. 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;
  2. Students must be enrolled in or have completed the undergraduate Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (CHAD 100W) with a C or better;
  3. 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 teacher-education@sjsu.edu. This application includes the following components:

  1. SJSU SAGE application and tracking form;
  2. TED departmental application form;
  3. 1-page resume;
  4. A 1-2 page statement of purpose that explains how they arrived at their decision to become an early childhood special educator and their commitment to complete the requirements for the SAGE program (one to two pages in length, double spaced, 10-12 font type);
  5. Transcripts for any coursework not showing in MySJSU account; 
  6. Two letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s qualifications and potential for success in the SAGE program (all letters must be written within the past 2 years and must include the date the letter was written, the signature of the recommender, and contact information of the recommender);
  7. Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Applications are processed by the Teacher Education Department and not through CalState Apply. They are processed without an application fee and are 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.
  • Students are converted to graduate status when they have completed 120 SAGE program-applicable units.

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.

Program Requirements (166 units)


Child and Adolescent Development, BA (117 units)


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 ).

University Requirements (44-45 units)


The Lower and Upper Division General Education   requirements may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. To satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) , students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and 100W with a grade of “C” or better (“C-” not accepted).

Major Requirements (39 units)


Multiple Subjects Preparation Core Curriculum (33-34 units)


Language and Literature (15-16 units)

Science (3 units)

Physical Education and Health (3 units)

SAGE students complete EDTE 294  instead of CHAD 149 .

Culminating Experience (3 units)


Plan B (Portfolio or Project):

Total Units Required (166 units)


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.  

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