Curriculum - Core and Concentrations

Core Requirements

Courses in the core are required for all CAD majors, regardless of concentration.

I.  Foundations – 9  units  (Each of the following courses is required)

II.  Family Systems –  3 units  (Choose one)

III. Research - 3 units  (Required)

IV.  Special Topics – 3 units   (Choose one; if taken here do not select for concentration)


For information about the concentrations in the CAD major, please click on the links below.



Because CAD is an interdisciplinary major, students automatically meet this requirement.  If you would like assistance in determining elective units, please see a CAD advisor.  You need 120 units to earn a BA degree.



Early Childhood Concentration (27 units)

The Early Childhood concentration 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 agencies that serve this population. The degree fulfills the requirements for the Child Development Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Students must complete two courses in SPED; one course at the 300 level and one course at the 600 level. See EC concentration for approved choices. All courses are 3 units except as otherwise specified.


I.  Early Childhood Foundation  3 units   (Required)



 CAD 215

 Foundations in Early Childhood  (must be completed prior to internship with grade of C or better)

II.  Child Development in Context  9 units    (Choose one course from each category below)



 A. Special Needs  (3 units)   Choose One

 SPED 330

 Introduction to Disabilities  (GE: UD-D)

 SPED 370

 Young Children Disabled or At Risk & Their Families   (GE: UD-D)

 B. Infant/Toddler Development  (3 units)   Choose One

 CFS 323

 Infant Toddler Development

 *E ED 611

 Advanced Issues in Infant - Toddler Education and Care

 C.  Supporting Children’s Learning  (3 units)   Choose One

 E ED 603

 Promoting Young Children's Social and Emotional Development  (GE: UD-D; SJ, AERM)

 E ED 600

 Advanced Issues in Child Development and Learning

 E ED 668

 Multicultural Education and Social Justice for Young Children

 E ED 619

 Children’s Play: Theory and Practice

 SPED 671

 Positive Behavior Support for Young Children

 SPED 672

 Creating Inclusive Learning Environments for Young Children

III.  ECE Curriculum and Methods  3 units   (Choose one)



 CFS 322

 Early Childhood Education Curriculum

 EED 602

 Advanced Curriculum Study in ECE   (GE: UD-D; SJ)

IV. Observation and Assessment  3 units   (Choose one)



 CFS 420

 Observation and Assessment with Children

 E ED 610

 Classroom Assessment and Evaluation for Young Children

V.  Special Issues  6 units    (Choose one course from A and one from B)



 A. Administration/ Leadership & Working with Families  (3 units)

 CAD 510

 Adult Supervision, Administration & Leadership in Early Childhood Programs



 CFS 423

 Administration of Programs for Young Children

 E ED 607

 Leadership and Administration in ECE

 E ED 604

 Advanced Issues in Collaboration with Families and Communities in ECE  (GE: UD-D; SJ, AERM, GP)

 SPED 675

 Working with Families of Young Children with Disabilities   (SJ)

 B. Curriculum Specialties  (3 units)

 CAD 326

 Developing Literacy Skills in Young Children and their Families
 (For Jumpstart corps members only, may count only once for credit in the major)

 E ED 613

 Integrated Arts Curricula in ECE  (GE: UD-C; SJ)

 E ED 614

 Science, Math, and Technology Curricular in ECE  (GE: GE E1; SJ)

 E ED 615

 Environmental Education in ECE

 E ED 616

 Language and Literacy in Multilingual ECE Settings   (GE: UD-C; SJ)

 MUS 601

 Music for Children

VI.  Culminating Experience*  3 units   (Courses must be taken concurrently)



 CAD  610

 Early Childhood Internship Seminar (1)

 CAD 611

 Early Childhood Internship (2)

 *150 hours required prior to internship in licensed center/program with children birth to 5 years. Hours must be documented in CAD office by start of internship

Total Concentration in Early Childhood: 27 units

Total for Major: 45 units

Note 1: Elementary Education Course Policy: 30* hours observation/participation outside the classroom are required for Elementary Education courses (E ED). If more than one Elementary Education course is taken per semester, 30 hours are the maximum total required and will count for all Elementary Education courses taken in that specific semester. *Change effective Fall 2013.

EC Internship must be conducted on campus at either ASI ECEC or Children's Campus.

Two upper division SPED courses required; one at 300 level and one at 600 level.  Select from EC concentration above.

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

Click here for requirements & sample letter to verify 150 hours of work or internship. FOR EC CONCENTRATION.


School Age Child Concentration (28-29 units)

The School Age Child concentration has been developed for students who wish to work primarily with school age children in elementary school classrooms, social service agencies, and after school programs. This concentration is recommended as preparation for students who wish to become elementary school teachers and who plan to enroll in a Multiple Subject Teacher Credential Program after graduation. Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated.


I.  Language/Reading/Communication Development  3 - 4 units     (Choose one course)



 C D 655

 Dynamics of Communication Development


 COMM 364

 Oral Interpretation of Children’s Literature (4)


II.  Literature  3 units    (Choose one course)



 AA S 512

 Asian American Children's/Adolescent Literature  (GE: UD-C; AERM, SJ)

 CWL 440

 Typical American: Narratives of Multiculturalismin the Americas from 1492 to the Present  (GE: UD-C; GP)

 ENG 655

 Literature and the Adolescent Reader  (AERM)

III. Mathematics  6 units    (Both required)



 MATH 165

 Concepts of the Number System

 MATH 565

 Concepts of Geometry, Measurement, and Probability

IV. Science  3 units    (Choose one course from either A or B)


A. Science Education

    E ED 655



Hands On Undergraduate Science Education Experience

 B. Life Science: Prerequisite: a college course in biology

 BIOL 310

 Biology for Today's World  (GE: UD-B; ES)

 BIOL 313

 Principles of Ecology

 BIOL 317

 Ecology of California

 BIOL 318

 Our Endangered Planet  (GE: UD-B; ES)




V.  Physical Education  3 units   (Required)



 KIN 401

 Elementary School Physical Education, K-5

VI. Social Science  3 units   (Choose one)




 AIS 410

 Perspectives of Native California Indians   (AERM, SJ)

 GEOG 552

 Geography of California   (GE: UD-D; AERM, ES, SJ)

 HIST 450

 History of California  (GE: A1: CA State & Local Gov; UD-D)

 LTNS 315

 Latinas/os in California   (AERM, SJ)


 GEOG 101

 Our Physical Environment  (GE: GE D1; GP)

 GEOG 102

 The Human Environment  (GE: GE B1; ES)

 GEOG 107

 World Regions and Interrelations   (GE: GE D1; ES, GP)

VII. Art   3 units   (Choose one)



 EDUC 450

 Art for Children (formerly ART 450)

 DANC 340

 Creative Processes in Dance for Children

 MUS 601

 Music for Children

 TH A 451

 Storytelling and Folk Literature  (GE: UD-C; GP)

 TH A 452

 Theatre in Education

VIII. Capstone Experience    4 units   (Must be taken concurrently)



 CAD 600

 School Age Field Work Seminar (2)

 CAD 601

 School Age Field Work (2)

Total Concentration in School Age Child and Family: 27 - 28 units

Total in Major: 46 - 47 units

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 and Out of School Time Concentration (26-27 units)

The Youth Work and Out of School Time concentration prepares students to work primarily with school-age children and adolescents with a focus on out of school time programs. Such programs include afterschool programs, juvenile justice, recreation, residential treatment, social services, mental health, and public health.  Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated.

**Please see advisors for course substitution***


I.  Youth and Context  3 - 4 units   (Choose one)





  AFRS 678

  Urban Issues of Black Children and Youth

  C J 470/SOC 452

  Juvenile Justice (4)

  C J 475

  Intervention Policies in Juvenile Justice

  C J 485

 Latina/o Youth, Crime, and Justice  (GE: UD-D; SJ)

RRS 480

  Youth Culture, Race and Resistance


II.  Youth Development  3 units    (Choose one)



 CFS 321

  Adolescents and Families

 PSY 430

  Adolescent Psychology


III. Community Youth Development  3 units   (Required)



 CAD 400

(Fall semester)

  Community Youth Development

See CAD Faculty Advisor to select course substitutions for Areas IV, V, and VI

IV. *Experiential Learning  4 units    (Courses must be taken concurrently)

*Students may select one course upon advisement to substitute for CAD 430/431, until further notice.



  CAD 430

  Experiential and Activity Based Learning Seminar (2)

  CAD 431

  Experiential and Activity Based Learning Practice (2)


V.  Special Topics  3 units   (Choose one)          





  RPT 380

  Developmental Play Processes  (GE:  E1, UD-D)

  RPT 440 

  Urban Recreation, Parks, and Nonprofit Services  (GE: UD-D; AERM, SJ)


VI.  *Ethics  3 units   (Required)

*Students may select one course upon advisement to substitute for CAD 540, until further notice.



 CAD 540

  Ethics and Principles in Serving Youth


VII.  Program Development and Evaluation  3 units   (Required)



  RPT 400

  Programming in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism


VIII. *Culminating Experience  4 units   (Courses must be taken concurrently)

*Students should take CAD 600 and CAD 601 to substitute for CAD 630 and CAD 631, until further notice.



 CAD 630

  Youth Work and Out of School Time Internship Seminar (1)

 CAD 631

  Youth Work and Out of School Time Internship (3)

Total Concentration in Youth Work and Out of School Time: 26 - 27 units

Total for Major: 44 - 45 units

Career Options:

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


Policy, Advocacy, and Systems Concentration   (22-26 units)

The Policy, Advocacy, and Systems concentration is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in public policy, advocacy, and nonprofit administration and/or who wish to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree in which advanced knowledge of theory and research methodology are required.  Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated.

I.  Policy for Children, Youth, and Families  3 - 4 units   (Choose one)



CAD 625

Children, Youth, and Public Policy (Do not select if taken in core)

CJ 475

Intervention Policies in Juvenile Justice

H ED 450

Policy Issues in Health Education

PLSI 560/USP 560

Urban Poverty and Policy (4)   (GE: UD-D; SJ)

USP 565

Social Policy and Family Systems (4)


II.  Political and Policy Processes  3 - 4 units   (Choose one)



PLSI 400/PA 400

Public Policy Process

PLSI 480/USP 480

Introduction to Urban Policy and Analysis (4)

PLSI 512/USP 512

Urban Politics and Community Power (4)


III.  Systems and Organizations  3 - 4 units   (Choose one)



PLSI 660/URBS 660/SW 660

The Roles of Nonprofit Organizations in Urban Life  (rarely offered)

SOC 452/CJ 470

Juvenile Justice (4)

SW 302

Introduction to Social Service Organizations

SW 350

Services to Children, Youth, and Their Families


IV.  Program Development, Evaluation, and Administration  3 units   (Choose one)



CAD 400

Community Youth Development  (offered Fall)

CAD 510

Adult Supervision and Leadership in Early Childhood Programs



RPT 370/PA 370

Principles of Nonprofit Administration

RPT 400

Programming in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

RPT 570/PA 570

Developing & Managing Resources in Nonprofit Agencies

TPW 490

Grantwriting   (SJ)


V.  Advocacy and Community Organizing  3 units   (Choose one)



CAD 650

Child Advocacy   (do not select if taken in core)

RRS 410/SOC 410

Grassroots Organizing for Change in Communities of Color   (GE: UD-D; AERM, SJ)

H ED 455

Community Organizing and Community Building for Health

S W 456/USP 456

Urban Community Organizing & Citizen Action


VI.  Research and Statistics  3 - 4 units    (Choose one)





PLSI 493/USP 493

Data Analysis (4)

PSY 371

Introductory Psychological Statistics

SOC 393

Quantitative Analysis of Social Data (4)


VII.  *Culminating Experience  4 units   (Required)

*Students should take CAD 600 and CAD 601 to substitute for CAD 640, until further notice.



CAD 640

Policy, Advocacy, and Systems Capstone

Total Concentration in Policy, Advocacy, and Systems: 22 - 26 units

Total for Major: 40 - 44 units

Career Options:

  • Director/Organizer-Advocacy Organization
  • Non-Profit Administrator
  • Foundation Program Officer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Research organization
  • Lawyer
  • Paralegal
  • Legislative Staff
  • Lobbyist
  • Researcher
  • Local or State Commission Staff