Welcome to the Department of Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) at San Francisco State University. Because of high student demand, CAD was declared an impacted major in Fall 2011. This means that CAD admits only upper division students to the major in fall and spring semesters. Transfer students who apply to the CAD major must be accepted first by the university and second, by the CAD Department. These are two separate processes. Once accepted into the major, students select one concentration from among four, depending upon their interests and experience. The concentrations are: (1) Early Childhood; (2) School Age Child; (3) Youth Work or Out of School Time; and (4) Policy, Advocacy, and Systems. Even though we are an impacted, we encourage you to apply to the CAD major if this is the major you desire.
The CAD faculty are committed to excellence in teaching and providing students with opportunities to engage in research and community work. The faculty are also engaged scholars with expertise in human development -- particularly with infants and toddlers, young children, adolescents -- in educational psychology, and sociology. They conduct applied research in a variety of areas from community youth development, to leadership in early care and education, literacy in pre-schools and elementary schools, and international comparisons of parenting and teaching practices with young children.
We invite you to explore this website to learn more about the Department of Child and Adolescent Development and we encourage you to apply if you are interested in the CAD major.
Rene F. Dahl, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair
See details about the CAD Department in the SFSU Bulletin 2014-2015.
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