Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development: Concentration in Elementary Education Teaching Pre-Credential – 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, 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 includes completion of Complementary Studies.

CAD major (Concentration in Elementary Education Teaching Pre-Credential): 42-43 units

CAD 210 met in transfer.

  • Major Core (21 units): Includes GWAR 
  • Concentration (21-22 units): Includes Capstone
  • A minimum grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major.

University Electives: 3 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 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
MATH 165 Concepts of the Number System (Major Concentration) 3
Literature Course - Select One (Major Concentration): 3
Asian American Children's/Adolescent Literature (UD-C, AERM, SJ)
"Typical American": Narratives of Multiculturalism in the Americas from 1492 to the Present (UD-C, GP)
Literature and the Adolescent Reader (AERM)
Language Studies Course (Major Concentration) 1 3-4
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
Physical Education Course - Select One (Major Concentration): 3
Introduction to Teaching Physical Education
Elementary School Physical Education: K-5
Motor Development (UD-B)
Art Course (Major Concentration) 2 3
Science Course (Major Concentration) 3 3
Third Semester
CAD 500 Research Methods in Child and Adolescent Development (Major Core) 3
History Course (Major Concentration) 4 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 5 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 5 3
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if US/CA Government met before transfer
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
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 5 3
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
University Elective 3
 Total Units60-61

Language Studies Courses

COMM 554 Performance of Children's Literature (4 units)

ENG 420 Introduction to the Study of Language (3 units) (UD-C, GP)

SLHS 300 Introduction to Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (3 units) (UD-D, SJ)

SLHS 655 Language Development (3 units) (UD-D)


Art Courses
AFRS 400 Black Arts and Humanities (3 units) (UD-C, AERM, SJ)
AMST 310/HUM 485 The Arts and American Culture (3 units) (UD-C, AERM)
COMM 557/LS 403 Performance and Pedagogy of the Oppressed for Educators (3 units)
DANC 340 Dance Pedagogy (3 units)
DANC 350 Dance Aesthetics: Cultural/Historical Perspectives (3 units) (UD-C, GP)
E ED 450 Art and Learning (3 units) (UD-C)
LTNS 425 Popular and Traditional Music of the Latinx U.S. (3 units) (UD-C, AERM, GP)
LS 427 Social Movements & the Arts for Future Teachers (3 units) (SJ)
MUS 505 Music of the World's Peoples (3 units) (UD-C, GP)
MUS 601 Music for Children (3 units)
TH A 451 Storytelling and Folk Literature (3 units) (UD-C, GP)


Science Courses
A U 301/GEOG 301 Bay Area Environments (3 units) (UD-B, ES)
BIOL 300 Nature Study (3 units) (UD-B, ES)
BIOL 310 Biology for Today's World (3 units) (UD-B, ES)
BIOL 318 Our Endangered Planet (3 units) (UD-B, AERM, ES, GP)
E ED 655 Hands-on Undergraduate Science Education Experience (3 units)
ERTH 310 The Violent Earth (3 units) (UD-B, ES)
ERTH 335 Global Warming (3 units) (UD-B, ES, GP)
ERTH 365 Extreme Weather in a Warming World (3 units) (UD-B, ES, GP)
LS 310 Science and Culture for Future Elementary School Teachers (3 units) (UD-B)
LS 430 Future of the Forests (3 units) (UD-B, ES, GP)


History Courses

AA S 510 Asian Americans in California (3 units) (UD-D, AERM, ES, SJ)

AIS 410 Perspectives of Native California Indians (3 units) (F, AERM, ES)

HIST 450 History of California (3 units) (UD-D, CSLG)

LTNS 315 Latina/os in California (3 units) (UD-C, AERM, SJ)


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.