Bachelor of Arts in Child & Adolescent Development: Concentration in Early Care and Education – CAD Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) 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.

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 Early Care and Education): 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: 6 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.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
Early Childhood Foundations and Programs - Select One (Major Concentration): 3
Foundations in Early Childhood
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): 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 410GW Applied Developmental Science: Prenatal Through Early Childhood - GWAR (Major Core) 3
CAD 411 Applied Developmental Science: Middle Childhood through Emerging Adulthood (Major Core) 3
Supporting Development and Learning Course - Select One (Major Concentration) 1, 2 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3 3
US History 3
or University Elective if U.S. History met before transfer
Third Semester
CAD 500 Research Methods in Child and Adolescent Development (Major Core) 3
Curriculum and Methods - Select One (Major Concentration): 3
Curriculum and Development in Early Childhood
Innovative Early Childhood Education Curriculum (UD-D, AERM, SJ) 2
Early Childhood Education Curriculum: Birth to Five
Observation and Assessment - Select One (Major Concentration): 3
Assessment and Observation with Children
Classroom Assessment and Evaluation for Young Children 2
Administration/Leadership & Working with Families Course- Select One 2, 4 3
University Elective 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) 2, 5 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3 3
or if UD GE complete, take University Elective
University Elective 3
 Total Units60

Supporting Development and Learning Courses

E ED 600 Advanced Issues in Child Development and Learning (3 units)

E ED 603 Understanding and Supporting Children's Socio-Emotional Development (3 units) (UD-D, AERM, SJ)
E ED 611 Transforming Infant-Toddler Education and Care (3 units)
E ED 668 Multicultural Education and Social Justice for Young Children (3 units)
SPED 620 The Science of Early Intervention (3 units) (UD-B, ES, SJ)
SPED 671 Positive Behavior Support for Young Children (3 units) (SJ)
SPED 672 Inclusive Learning Environments for Young Children (3 units) (UD-D, SJ)


E ED course policy: 30 hours observation/participation outside the classroom are required for E ED course. If student takes more than one E ED course per semester, 30 hours are the maximum total required and covers all E ED courses taken in that specific semester.


It is highly recommended that students attempt to fulfill upper-division GE requirements (UD-B, UD-C, and UD-D) through Concentration courses. Courses that fulfill those requirements have been marked in the respective lists.


Administration/ Leadership & Working with Families Courses
CAD 423 Administration of Programs for Young Children (3 units)
CAD 510 Adult Supervision and Leadership in Early Childhood Programs (3 units)
E ED 604 Advanced Issues in Collaboration with Families and Communities in Early Childhood Education (3 units) (UD-D, AERM, GP, SJ)
E ED 607 Leadership and Administration in ECE (3 units)


CAD 610 Early Childhood Internship Seminar (1 unit) & CAD 611 Early Childhood Internship (2 units)
E ED 614 Science, Math, and Technology Curricular in ECE (3 units) (ES, SJ)
E ED 616 Multilingualism and Multiliteracies in the Early Years (3 units) (UD-C, AERM, GP, SJ)
MUS 601 Music for Children (3 units)