Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development: Concentration in Early Care and Education – 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 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.

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 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.

University Electives: 12 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 300 Professional Roles and Careers in Child and Adolescent Development (Major Core) 3
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
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, SJ)  
Working with Families of Young Children with Disabilities (UD-D, SJ)  
Supporting Development and Learning Course - Select One (Major Concentration) 1,2 3
Second Semester
Curriculum and Methods - Select One (Major Concentration): 3
Curriculum and Development in Early Childhood  
Innovative Early Childhood Education Curriculum (UD-D, AERM, SJ) *  
Early Childhood Education Curriculum: Birth to Five  
Administration/Leadership & Working with Families Course - Select One (Major Concentration) 3 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if US/CA Government met before transfer
University Elective 3
Third Semester
CAD 500GW Research Methods in Child and Adolescent Development - GWAR (Major Core) 3
Observation and Assessment - Select One (Major Concentration): 3
Assessment and Observation with Children  
Classroom Assessment and Evaluation for Young Children *  
Concentration Elective - Select One (Major Concentration) 4 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 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
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
University Elective - Take Two 6
 Total Units60