Bachelor of Arts in Child & Adolescent Development: Concentration in Early Care and Education – PSY 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 Psychology. 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, 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 Psychology 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 Care and Education): 45 units

  • Major Core (24 units): Includes GWAR.
  • Concentration (21 units)
  • A minimum grade of C or better required for all courses in the major.

University Electives: 0 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
CAD 210 Introduction to Applied Child and Adolescent Development (Major Core, D1) 3
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) 3
CAD 300 Professional Roles and Careers in Child and Adolescent Development (Major Core) 3
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if met in 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
CAD 625 Children, Youth, and Public Policy (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)
Observation and Assessment - Select One (Major Concentration): 3
Assessment and Observation with Children
Classroom Assessment and Evaluation for Young Children
Third Semester
CAD 500 Research Methods in Child and Adolescent Development (Major Core) 3
Concentration Elective – Select Three 1 9
US History 3
or University Elective if met in transfer
Fourth Semester
CAD 660 Applied Advanced Developmental Science in Child and Adolescent Development (Major Core) 3
Concentration Elective (Major Concentration) 1 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 2 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 2 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 2 3
 Total Units60

Concentration Electives (12 units)

A full list of the concentration elective options can be found in the degree requirements.


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.