Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development: Concentration in School Age Child and Family

Application Filing Period

Because of high student demand, Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) was declared an impacted major in Fall 2011. Therefore, CAD admits only upper division students (minimum 60 units completed) to the major in fall and spring semesters. We encourage students who are interested in the CAD major to apply even though it is impacted. Transfer students who apply to the major must be accepted first by the University and second, by the CAD Department. The university's application form and due dates may be found here:

Current SF State students who wish to change their major to CAD for the fall semester should submit an application to the CAD department during the October 1 through November 30 application filing period. Students who wish to be considered for spring admission should apply between August 1–31. The department does not accept late applications for either fall or spring admissions. Again, if you are interested in the CAD major, we encourage you to apply even though it is impacted.

Please note: The following lower division courses are prerequisites for the upper division CAD courses in the Core Curriculum that are required for all CAD majors. They must be completed before students can take upper division CAD courses in the Core Curriculum. Failure to take these lower division prerequisite courses will delay progress in the major.

  • CAD 210 with a grade of C or better
  • CAD 260 with a grade of C or better
  • ENG 214 with a grade of C- or better
  • Minimum of 60 units completed (junior standing)

Community college course equivalents are accepted if grade requirements are met and the courses were formally articulated at the time the courses were taken. 

Course policies for the major

  • Courses in the major must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. CR/NC grading is not accepted except for the internship courses:  CAD 601 and CAD 611.
  • Courses taken in the core may not be counted in a concentration or vice versa.


Concentration in School Age Child and Family

See general information for all Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development majors above.

The School Age Child and Family concentration has been developed for students who wish to work primarily with school age children and their families in settings such as elementary schools, social service agencies, and after school programs. This concentration is recommended as preparation for students who wish to become elementary school teachers, and who, therefore, plan to enroll in a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential Program after graduation.

Child and Adolescent Development Major (B.A.):  Concentration in School Age Child and Family  — Minimum 46 Units

Core Requirements — 18 units

CAD 210Introduction to Applied Child and Adolescent Development3
CAD 260Children, Families, and Community: An Ecological Perspective3
CAD 410Applied Child and Youth Development3
Family Systems
CAD 450Understanding and working with Diverse Families3
CAD 500GWAction Research Methods in Child and Adolescent Development - GWAR3
Special Topics
CAD 625Children, Youth, and Public Policy3

Concentration in School Age Child and Family — 28–29 Units

Language/Reading/Communication Development
Select one of the following:
C D 655Dynamics of Communication Development3
COMM 554Oral Interpretation of Children's Literature4
Select one of the following:
AA S 512Asian American Children's/Adolescent Literature3
CWL 440"Typical American": Narratives of Multiculturalism in the Americas from 1492 to the Present3
ENG 655Literature and the Adolescent Reader3
Both courses required
MATH 165Concepts of the Number System3
MATH 565Concepts of Geometry, Measurement, and Probability3
Select one of the following:
BIOL 310Biology for Today's World3
BIOL 313Principles of Ecology3
BIOL 317Ecology of California3
BIOL 318Our Endangered Planet3
E ED 655Hands on Undergraduate Science Education Experience3
Physical Education
KIN 401Elementary School Physical Education, K-53
Social Science
Select one from either A or B:
AIS 410Perspectives of Native California Indians3
GEOG 552Geography of California3
HIST 450History of California3
LTNS 315Latina/os in California3
GEOG 101Our Physical Environment3
GEOG 102The Human Environment (no longer required as partner to GEOG 101)3
GEOG 107World Regions and Interrelations3
Select one of the following:
DANC 340Creative Process in Dance for Children3
EDUC 450Art and Learning3
MUS 601Music for Children3
TH A 451Storytelling and Folk Literature3
TH A 452Theatre in Education3
Capstone Experience
CAD 600Child and Adolescent Development Internship Seminar2
CAD 601Child and Adolescent Development Internship2

Must be taken concurrently.

Complementary Studies

To fulfill the University's Complementary Studies requirement, all students completing a B.A. Degree must take 12 units from courses outside of the primary prefix of their major and not cross-listed with the primary prefix for the major. This requirement is automatically fulfilled when completing the Child and Adolescent Development degree. However, students may need to take additional units to reach the minimum of 120 units for graduation.

General Education Requirements

Requirement Course Level Units Area Designation
Oral Communication LD 3 A1
Written English Communication I LD 3 A2
Critical Thinking LD 3 A3
Written English Communication II LD 3 A4
Physical Science LD 3 B1
Life Science LD 3 B2
Lab Science LD 1 B3
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning LD 3 B4
Arts LD 3 C1
Arts or Humanities LD 3 C1 or C2
Humanities: Literature LD 3 C3
Social Sciences LD 3 D1
Social Sciences: US History LD 3 D2
Social Sciences: US & CA Governement LD 3 D3
Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD) LD or UD 3 E
Physical and/or Life Science UD 3 UD-B
Arts and/or Humanities UD 3 UD-C
Social Sciences UD 3 UD-D
SF State Studies
Courses certified as meeting the SF State Studies requirements may be upper or lower division in General Education (GE), in a major or minor, or an elective.
American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM) LD or UD 3
Environmental Sustainability (ES) LD or UD 3
Global Perspectives (GP) LD or UD 3
Social Justice (SJ) LD or UD 3

Note: LD = Lower Division; UD = Upper Division.

First-Time Student Roadmap (4 Year)

This 2017–2018 roadmap opens in a new tab.

Transfer Student Roadmaps (2 Year)

For students with a Child and Adolescent Development Associate Degree for Transfer. This 2017–2018 roadmap opens in a new tab.

For students with an Early Childhood Education Associate Degree for Transfer. This 2017–2018 roadmap opens in a new tab.

This degree program is an approved pathway (“similar” major) for students earning the ADT in Child and Adolescent Development  or Early Childhood Education

California legislation SB 1440 (2009) mandated the creation of the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) to be awarded by the California Community Colleges. Two types of ADTs are awarded: Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T). Note: no specific degree is required for admission as an upper-division student. However, the ADT includes specific guarantees related to admission and graduation, and is designed to clarify the transfer process and strengthen lower-division preparation for the major.

An ADT totals 60 units and includes completion of all lower-division General Education requirements and at least 18 units in a specific major. Students pursuing an ADT are guaranteed admission to the CSU if minimum eligibility requirements are met, though not necessarily to the CSU campus of primary choice.

Upon verification that the ADT has been awarded prior to matriculation at SF State, students are guaranteed B.A. or B.S. completion in 60 units if pursuing a “similar” major after transfer. Determinations about “similar” majors at SF State are made by faculty in the discipline.

Degree completion in 60 units cannot be guaranteed when a student simultaneously pursues an additional major, a minor, certificate, or credential.

A sample advising roadmap for students who have earned an ADT and continue in a "similar" major at SF State is available on the Roadmaps tab and displays:

  • How many lower-division units required for the major have been completed upon entry based on award of a specific ADT;
  • Which lower-division requirements are considered complete upon entry based on award of a specific ADT;
  • How to complete the remaining 60 units for the degree in four semesters.

Students who have earned an ADT should seek advising in the major department during the first semester of attendance.

General Advising Information for Transfer Students

  1. Before transfer, complete as many lower division requirements or electives for this major as possible.
  2. The following courses are not required for admission, but are required for graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to complete these units before transfer; doing so will provide more flexibility in course selection after transfer.
    • a course in U.S. History
    • a course in U.S. & California Government
    • a 2nd-semester course in written English composition

For information about satisfying the requirements described in (1) and (2) above at a California Community College (CCC), please visit Check any geographically accessible CCCs; sometimes options include more than one college. Use ASSIST to determine:

  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy any lower division major requirements for this major, including 2nd-semester composition;
  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy CSU GE, US History, and US & CA Government.

Remedial courses are not transferable and do not apply to the minimum 60 units/90 quarters required for admission.

Additional units for courses that are repeated do not apply to the minimum 60 units required for upper division transfer (for example, if course was not passed on the first attempt, or was taken to earn a better grade).

Before leaving the last California community college of attendance, obtain a summary of completion of lower division General Education units (IGETC or CSU GE Breadth). This is often referred to as a GE certification worksheet. SF State does not require delivery of this certification to Admissions, but students should retain this document for verifying degree progress after transfer.

Credit for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College-Level Examination Program courses: AP/IB/CLEP credit is not automatically transferred from the previous institution. Units are transferred only when an official score report is delivered to SF State. Credit is based on the academic year during which exams were taken. Refer to the University Bulletin in effect during the year of AP/IB/CLEP examination(s) for details regarding the award of credit for AP/IB/CLEP.

Students pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines often defer 6-9 units of lower division general education in areas C and D until after transfer in order to focus on preparation courses for the major. (This advice does not apply to students pursuing associate degree completion before transfer.)

Transferring from institutions other than CCCs or CSUs

Review SF State's lower division General Education requirements. Note that, as described below, the four basic skills courses required for admission meet A1, A2, A3, and B4 in the SF State GE pattern. Courses that fulfill the remaining areas of SF State’s lower division GE pattern are available at most two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

Of the four required basic skills courses, a course in critical thinking (GE A3) may not be widely offered outside the CCC and CSU systems. Students should attempt to identify and take an appropriate course no later than the term of application to the CSU. To review more information about the A3 requirement, please visit

Identify and complete a 2nd-semester written English composition course before transfer. This is usually the next course after the typical “freshman comp” course, with a focus on writing, reading and critical analytical skills for academic purposes, and developing skills in composing, revising, and the use of rhetorical strategies.

Waiting until after transfer to take a single course at SF State that meets both US and CA/local government requirements may be an appropriate option, particularly if transferring from outside of California.

All students must meet the transfer eligibility requirements outlined below for admission. For more information, visit the Undergraduate Admissions section.

  • Complete 60 or more transferable semester units or 90 or more quarter units
  • Earn a college grade point average of 2.00 or better in all transferable courses. Non-local area residents may be held to a higher GPA standard.
  • Be in good standing at the last college or university attended
  • Complete 30 semester units (45 quarter units) of general education, including four basic skills courses:
    1. One course in oral communication (same as CSU GE area A1)
    2. One course in written composition (same as CSU GE area A2)
    3. One course in critical thinking (same as CSU GE area A3)
    4. One course in mathematics or quantitative reasoning, with intermediate algebra as a prerequisite (same as CSU GE area B4)
  • The four basic skills courses and a minimum of 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units) must be completed by the spring semester prior to fall admission, or by the fall semester prior to spring admission. Earn a "C" or better grade in each basic skills course.