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

This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in 2017–2018 with an AS-T in Early Childhood Education. Nine units in the major (CAD 210, CAD 215, CAD 260) 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 410 Applied Child and Youth Development 3
CAD 450 Understanding and working with Diverse Families 3
SPED 330
Introduction to Disability 1
or Young Children Disabled or At Risk and Their Families
Major Concentration: Child Development in Context – C. Supporting Children’s Learning – See List 3
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if US/CA Government met before transfer
Second Semester
CFS 322
Early Childhood Education Curriculum (Birth to Five) 1
or Advanced Curriculum Study in ECE
CFS 323
Infants/Toddlers and Families
or Advanced Issues in Infant-Toddler Education and Care
Major Concentration: Special Issues – A. Administration/Leadership & Working with Families – See List 3
Upper Division GE: UD-B or UD-C 3
University Elective 3
Third Semester
CAD 500GW Action Research Methods in Child and Adolescent Development - GWAR 2 3
CAD 625 Children, Youth, and Public Policy 3
CFS 420
Assessment and Observation with Children
or Classroom Assessment and Evaluation for Young Children
Major Concentration: Special Issues – B. Curriculum – See List 3
Upper Division GE: UD-B or UD-C 3
Fourth Semester
CAD 610 Early Childhood Internship Seminar 3 1
CAD 611 Early Childhood Internship 3 2
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
Upper Division GE: UD-B or UD-C 3
or University Elective if UD GE is already satsified
University Electives – Take Two 6
 Total Units60

Also satisfy UD-D:  E ED 603, E ED 602, E ED 604SPED 330, SPED 370


CAD 210, CAD 260, CAD 410 and ENG 214 (or equivalents) are prerequisites for CAD 500GW.


An additional 150 hours of paid work or volunteer experience in a licensed center/program with children birth to five years is required prior to internship. Up to 90 hours of a community college practicum course (grade of C or better) can count toward the 150 pre-internship hours. Transcripts are sufficient proof.


 CAD 326 - Jumpstart only.


 Also satisfy UD-C: E ED 613, E ED 616

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 40 units minimum at the upper division level; to include the following:

University-Wide Requirements: 9–18 units

  • ENG 214 or equivalent A4 course (0-– units): This course is a requirement to enter the major. Students are not admitted to the major unless this requirement has been completed. Completion in 60 units is possible, but not in four semesters if ENG 214 requirement is not satisfied before transfer.
  • American Institutions (0–6 units): US History, US Government, California State and Local Government requirements if not taken before transfer
    • Upper division GE, areas B, C and D (9 units): Look for courses required in the major that also satisfy UD GE. See notes.
  • Students entering this major with the AS-T in Early Childhood Education are not required to fulfill SF State Studies requirements.
  • Complementary Studies is satisfied by taking the required minimum of 12 units in disciplines other than CAD.

CAD major (Concentration in Early Childhood): 36 units  

CAD 210, CAD 215 and CAD 260 have been met in transfer.

  • Major Core (12 units): CAD 410, CAD 450, CAD 500GW, and CAD 625. Includes GWAR.
  • Concentration (24 units): Includes Culminating Experience.  
  • Minimum grade of C or better required for all courses in the major.

University electives: 9 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. 

Major Concentration: Child Development in Context – C. Supporting Children’s Learning

E ED 600Advanced Issues in Child Development and Learning3
E ED 603Promoting Young Children's Social and Emotional Development 13
E ED 619Children's Play: Theory and Practice3
E ED 668Multicultural Education and Social Justice for Young Children3
SPED 671Positive Behavior Support for Young Children3
SPED 672Inclusive Learning Environments for Young Children3

Major Concentration:  Special Issues – A. Administration/Leadership & Working with Families

CAD 510Adult Supervision and Leadership in Early Childhood Programs3
CFS 324Administration of Infant/Toddler Programs3
CFS 423Administration of Programs for Young Children3
E ED 604Advanced Issues in Collaboration with Families and Communities in ECE 13
E ED 607Leadership and Administration in ECE3
SPED 675Working with Families of Young Children with Disabilities3

Major Concentration: Special Issues – B. Curriculum Specialties

CAD 326Jumpstart: Developing Literacy Skills in Young Children 43
E ED 613Integrated Arts Curricula in ECE 53
E ED 614Science, Math, and Technology Curricular in ECE3
E ED 615Environmental Education in ECE3
E ED 616Language and Literacy in Multilingual ECE Settings 53
MUS 601Music for Children3