Bachelor of Arts in Child Development Pre-K to 3rd Grade Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 45

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 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
Second 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
Third Semester
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, SJ) 3
GE Area B: Physical Science (B1) and Laboratory Science (B3) 5 3-4
GE Area C 3
SF State Studies or University Elective 4 3
Fourth Semester
MATH 165 Concepts of the Number System (Major Core) 3
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) and Laboratory Science (B3) 5 3-4
GE Area F ± 3
U.S. and California Government 3
SF State Studies or University Elective 4 3
Fifth Semester
CAD 300 Professional Roles and Careers in Child and Adolescent Development (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
Science Course - Select One 6 3
Inclusive Education Course - Select One 7 3
Sixth Semester
CAD 326 Developing Language and Literacy Skills in Young Children (Major Core) 3
Select One (Assessment Course): 3
Assessment and Observation with Children
Classroom Assessment and Evaluation for Young Children
Physical Education Course - Select One 8 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 9 3
SF State Studies or University Elective 4 3
Seventh Semester
Select One (Fieldwork Course): 3
Early Childhood Internship Seminar
and Early Childhood Internship
Directed Experiences with Children
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 9 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 9 3
SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 4 6
Eighth Semester
CAD 660 Applied Advanced Developmental Science in Child and Adolescent Development (Major Core) 3
Art Course - Select One 10 3
SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Three 4 9
 Total Units120-122

ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.


To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet the SF State Studies (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) requirements within your GE or major.


To determine the best B4 course option, students should complete the online advising activity at Questions? Contact Gator Smart Start.


Complementary Studies
To fulfill the University's Complementary Studies requirement, all students completing a B.A. degree must take 12 units from courses outside of the primary prefix of their major and not cross-listed with the primary prefix for the major. This requirement is automatically fulfilled when completing the Child and Adolescent Development degree. However, students may need to take additional units to reach the minimum of 120 units for graduation. 


Consider taking a class combined with a laboratory or a separate lab to fulfill B3 if not already satisfied.


Science Course

Select One:

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 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)


Inclusive Education Course

Select One:

SPED 671 Positive Behavior Support for Young Children (3 units) (SJ)

SPED 672 Inclusive Learning Environments for Young Children (3 units) (UD-D, SJ)

SPED 675 Working with Families of Young Children with Disabilities (3 units) (UD-D, SJ)


Physical Education Course

Select One:

KIN 240 Introduction to Teaching Physical Education (3 units)

KIN 401 Elementary School Physical Education: K-5 (3 units)

KIN 487 Motor Development (3 units) (UD-B)

SPED 370 Young Children Disabled or At Risk and Their Families (3 units) (UD-D, SJ)


It is highly recommended that students attempt to fulfill upper-division GE requirements (UD-B, UD-C, and UD-D) through Major requirements. Courses that fulfill those requirements have been marked in the respective lists.


Art Course

Select One:

E ED 450 Art and Learning (3 units) (UD-C, SJ)

LS 403/COMM 557 Performance and Pedagogy of the Oppressed for Educators (3 units) (SJ)

LS 427 Social Movements & the Arts for Future Teachers (3 units) (SJ)

MUS 601 Music for Children (3 units)

TH A 451 Storytelling and Folk Literature (3 units) (UD-C, GP)


Given catalog rights, fall 2023 transfer students do not need to complete an Area F course.