Bachelor of Arts in Child & Adolescent Development: Concentration in Early Childhood – CAD Associate Degree for Transfer Roadmap

This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in the current Bulletin year with an AA-T in Child and Adolescent Development. Three units in the major [CAD 210] and all lower-division GE requirements have been satisfied. Check with a major advisor about the most appropriate course sequence. Degree completion guaranteed in 60 units; see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) section for more information.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
CAD 215
Foundations in Early Childhood (Major Concentration)
or Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Programs
CAD 260 Children, Families, and Community: An Ecological Perspective (Major Core, D1, AERM, GP, SJ) 3
CAD 300 Professional Roles and Careers in Child and Adolescent Development (Major Core) 3
Special Needs - Children and Families - Select One (Major Concentration): 1,2 3
Introduction to Disability (UD-D, SJ)  
Young Children Disabled or At Risk and Their Families (UD-D)  
Working with Families of Young Children with Disabilities (UD-D, SJ)  
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if U.S./CA Government met before transfer
Second Semester
CAD 410 Applied Child and Youth Development (Major Core) 3
CAD 450 Understanding and Working with Diverse Families (Major Core) 3
Supporting Development and Learning Course - Select One (Major Concentration) 1,3,4 3
Upper-Division GE: UD-B or UD-C 5,6 3
US History 3
or University Elective if U.S. History met before transfer
Third Semester
CAD 500GW Action Research Methods in Child and Adolescent Development - GWAR (Major Core) 3
Curriculum and Methods - Select One (Major Concentration): 3
Curriculum and Development in Early Childhood  
Advanced Curriculum Study in Early Childhood Education (UD-D, AERM, SJ) 4  
Early Childhood Education Curriculum: Birth to Five  
E ED 610
Classroom Assessment and Evaluation for Young Children (Major Concentration)
or Assessment and Observation with Children
Administration/Leadership & Working with Families Course- Select One 4,7 3
Upper-Division GE: UD-B or UD-C 5,6 3
Fourth Semester
CAD 625 Children, Youth, and Public Policy (Major Core) 3
CAD 660 Applied Advanced Developmental Science in Child and Adolescent Development (Major Core) 3
Elective - Select One (Major Concentration) 6,8 3
Upper-Division GE: UD-B or UD-C 5,6 3
or if UD GE complete, take University elective.
University Elective 3
 Total Units60

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 30 units minimum at the upper-division level; to include the following:

University Wide Requirements: 9-15 units

  • American Institutions (0-6 units): US History, US Government, and California State and Local Government requirements if not taken before transfer.
  • Upper-Division GE, Areas B, C, and D (9 units): Courses required for the major may double-count if approved for UD GE.
  • Students entering this major with the AA-T in Child and Adolescent Development are not required to fulfill SF State Studies requirements.
  • Completion of major requirements as stated above includes completion of Complementary Studies.

CAD major (Concentration in School Age Child and Family): 42 units

CAD 210 met in transfer

  • Core (21 units): Includes GWAR
  • Concentration (21 units)
  • Minimum grade of C or better required for all courses in the major.

University Electives: 3 or more units

Depends on course choices made at the community college, how transferred units are applied to the requirements above, and course choices at SF State - some courses may meet more than one requirement, e.g. both in UD GE and the major.