Curriculum - Core and Concentrations

Overview

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Child & Adolescent Development (CAD) is for students who are interested in studying about and working with children, adolescents, and their families. Freshman cannot be admitted to San Francisco State University as CAD Majors and will need to declare CAD as their major for their junior year. The major provides students with knowledge and theories about children and adolescents from a developmental perspective. Students then learn to apply this knowledge to programs, services, and policies for children, youth, and families that are offered in community settings and classrooms. The core courses address professional roles and careers, theories of child and adolescent development, diverse families in a globalized context, action research methods, policy and advocacy, and field experience. In addition to taking core courses, CAD majors select one out of three specialized concentrations that reflects their specific interest.

Those concentrations are:

  1. Early Childhood;
  2. School Age Child and Family; and 
  3. Youth Work and Out of School Time

Concentrations

Early Childhood

The concentration in Early Childhood is designed for students who wish to work primarily in teaching and child care with young children (infants, toddlers, and preschoolers), and their families, in schools and public or private institutions and other agencies that serve this population. The degree fulfills the requirements for the Child Development Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Career Options:

  • Infant-toddler Teacher
  • Pre-school Teacher
  • Program/Pre-school Site Supervisor (with appropriate experience)
  • Center Director (with appropriate experience)
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Mental Health Consultant
  • Parent Educator
  • Family Advocate
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Family Child Care Provider
  • Child Care Resource and Referral Specialist

 

School Age Child & Family

The School Age Child & Family concentration was developed for students who wish to work primarily with school-age children and their families in settings such as elementary schools, social service agencies, and after-school programs. This concentration is recommended as preparation for students who wish to become elementary school teachers, and who, therefore, plan to enroll in a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential Program after graduation.

Career Options:

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Bilingual Teacher
  • Resource Teacher
  • School Counselor
  • School Psychologist
  • Principal
  • Superintendent of Schools
  • Enrichment Program Leader
  • After-School Program Director
  • Non-profit Program Director

 

Youth Work & Out of School Time

The Youth Work & Out of School Time concentration prepares students to work primarily with school-age children and adolescents in out of school time programs. Such programs include afterschool programs, juvenile justice, recreation, residential treatment, social services, mental health, and public health.
Career Options:

  • Youth Program Leader
  • Youth Program Staff Care
  • Juvenile Probation Officer
  • Residential Treatment
  • Counselor, Teacher, Director
  • Youth Advocate
  • Mentoring Program Director

 

Requirements

Please visit the appropriate SF State Bulletin Year for the degree requirements of the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development.
Incoming fall 2018 students following the 2018-2019 Bulletin can use the following links based on their concentration:

Students following earlier “Bulletin” requirements can access the appropriate year using this link: Previous Bulletins.

 

Courses

Please visit the appropriate SF State Bulletin Year for the suggested course road maps of the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development.

Incoming fall 2018 students following the 2018-2019 Bulletin can use the following links based on their concentration:

Students following earlier “Bulletin” requirements can access the appropriate year using this link: Previous Bulletins.