Bachelor of Arts in Child Development Pre-K to 3rd Grade – PSY Associate Degree for Transfer 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 an approved ADT 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 (Child Development Pre-K to 3rd Grade): 45 units

  • Core (27 units): Includes GWAR and Capstone.
  • Area Requirements (18 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
Select One (Major Core): 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
MATH 165 Concepts of the Number System (Major Core) 3
Second Semester
CAD 326 Developing Language and Literacy Skills in Young Children (Major Core) 3
CAD 330 Curriculum and Development in Early Childhood (Major Core) 3
CAD 410GW Applied Developmental Science: Prenatal Through Early Childhood - GWAR (Major Core) 3
Assessment - Select One: 3
Assessment and Observation with Children
Classroom Assessment and Evaluation for Young Children
Science Course 3
Third Semester
Fieldwork Course - Select One: 3
Early Childhood Internship
Directed Experiences with Children
Physical EducationCourse 3
Inclusive Education Course 3
US History 3
or University Elective if met in transfer
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if met in transfer
Fourth Semester
CAD 660 Applied Advanced Developmental Science in Child and Adolescent Development (Major Core) 3
Art Course 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 1 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 1 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 1 3
 Total Units60

It is highly recommended that students attempt to fulfill upper-division GE requirements (UD-B, UD-C, and UD-D) through courses in the major.