B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development: Concentration in Early Care and Education, M.A. in Special Education, and Early Childhood Special Education Credential Roadmap

The San Francisco State Scholars program provides undergraduate students with an accelerated pathway to a graduate degree. Students in this program pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree simultaneously. This program allows students to earn graduate credit while in their junior and/or senior year, reducing the number of semesters required for completion of a master’s degree.

This roadmap is a suggested plan of study and does not replace meeting with an advisor. Please note that students may need to adjust the actual sequence of courses based on course availability. Please consult an advisor in your major program for further guidance.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterUnits
ENG 114 Writing the First Year: Finding Your Voice (A2) 1 3
GE Area A 2 3
GE Area B: Quantitative Reasoning (B4) 3 3
GE Area C 3
SF State Studies or University Elective 4 3
 Units15
Spring Semester
CAD 210 Introduction to Applied Child and Adolescent Development (Major Core, D1) 3
GE Area A 3
GE Area C 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) 3
GE Area E 3
 Units15
Second Year
Summer Semester
SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 6
 Units6
Fall Semester
Early Childhood Foundations and Programs - Select One (Major Concentration): 3
Foundations in Early Childhood  
Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Programs 5  
GE Area B: Physical Science (B1) and Laboratory Science (B3) 6 3-4
GE Area C 3
SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 6
 Units15-16
Spring Semester
CAD 260 Children, Families, and Community: An Ecological Perspective (Major Core, D1, AERM, GP, SJ) 3
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) and Laboratory Science (B3) 6 3-4
GE Area F ± 3
U.S. and California Government 3
SF State Studies or University Elective 3
 Units15-16
Third Year
Summer Semester
SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 6
 Units6
Fall Semester
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): 7 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)  
Curriculum and Methods - Select One (Major Concentration): 8 3
Curriculum and Development in Early Childhood 4  
Innovative Early Childhood Education Curriculum (UD-D, AERM, SJ)  
Early Childhood Education Curriculum: Birth to Five  
 Units15
Spring Semester
CAD 625 Children, Youth, and Public Policy 3
Supporting Development and Learning Course - Select One (Major Concentration) 7,8,9 3
Observation and Assessment - Select One (Major Concentration): 8 3
Assessment and Observation with Children  
Classroom Assessment and Evaluation for Young Children  
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
 Units15
Fourth Year
Summer Semester
SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 6
 Units6
Fall Semester
CAD 500GW Research Methods in Child and Adolescent Development - GWAR (Major Core) 3
ISED 797 Seminar in Educational Research (Graduate Core) 3
SPED 671 Positive Behavior Support for Young Children (Credential, Graduate Elective) 10 3
SPED 788 Law, Ethics, and Instructional Planning (Credential, Graduate Core) 3
Administration/Leadership & Working with Families Course - Select One 8, 11 3
 Units15
Spring Semester
CAD 660 Applied Advanced Developmental Science in Child and Adolescent Development (Major Core) 3
SPED 601 Observation and Participation in Special Education (Credential) 1-3
SPED 737 Inclusive Learning and Supports in Early Intervention (Infants & Toddlers) (Credential, Graduate Elective) 10 3
SPED 747 Physical Disabilities and Sensory Impairments (Credential, Graduate Elective) 10 3
Select One (Credential, Graduate Elective): 10 3
Nature of the Autism Spectrum  
Communication, Behavior and Instructional Supports: Autism  
Elective - Select One (Major Concentration) 12 3
 Units16-18
Fifth Year
Fall Semester
SPED 729 Student Teaching Workshop: Early Childhood Special Education (Credential) 1
SPED 730 Student Teaching: Special Education (Credential) 9
 Units10
Spring Semester
SPED 701 Education Specialist Intern Teacher Support Seminar (Credential) 3
SPED 731 Special Education Field Experience (Credential) 3
SPED 738 Inclusive Curriculum Development and Supports in Early Childhood Settings (Preschool - Kindergarten) (Credential, Graduate Related Studies) 13 3
SPED 801 Development, Diversity, and English Language Learners: Special Education (Credential, Graduate Core) 3
 Units12
Sixth Year
Fall Semester
SPED 777 Introduction to Disability, Development, and Equity for Young Children and Their Families (Credential) 3
SPED 779 Family-Centered Practices and Services for Young Children with Disabilities (Credential) 3
SPED 780 Equitable Assessment Practices for Young Children with Disabilities and Their Families (Credential) 3
SPED 885 Allyship, Leadership, and Collaboration for Young Children with Disabilities (Credential) 3
 Units12
Spring Semester
Health Education Course 14 3
Culminating Experience 15 6
 Units9
 Total Units182-186