Welcome to the Department of Child & Adolescent Development

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Welcome to the Department of Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) at San Francisco State University. In the more than ten years of the Department's existence, we have grown to almost 1,000 declared majors. Because of the high demand for the major, we were officially declared impacted , effective Fall, 2011. This means that we admit only upper division students, and only in the fall semester. Once accepted, students select one concentration from among four, depending upon their interests: (1) Early Childhood; (2) School Age; (3) Youth Work or Out of School Time; or (4) Policy, Advocacy, and Systems.

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 and specializations in infants and toddlers, young children, adolescents, families, policy, advocacy, as well as social welfare. They conduct applied research in a wide variety of areas ranging from adolescent health and Hmong teens, to leadership in early care and education, cross-national care giving, and family prevention approaches in social work.



Rene F. Dahl, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Chair


Details about the program from the SFSU Bulletin 2013-2014.

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