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 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: 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): 1 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 Developmental Science: Prenatal Through Early Childhood (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 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
US History 3
or University Elective if U.S. History met before transfer
Third Semester
CAD 500GW 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  
Innovative Early Childhood Education Curriculum (UD-D, AERM, SJ) 4  
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  
Administration/Leadership & Working with Families Course- Select One 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) 5 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
or if UD GE complete, take University Elective
University Elective 3
 Total Units60