Curriculum

Core Requirements

Courses in the core are required of all CAD majors, regardless of one’s selected concentration.  All courses are 3 units.

      Foundation – Each of the following is required.

Family Systems – Select one of the following.

Research - Required

Special Topics – Select one of the following.

 

CAD MAJOR CONCENTRATIONS

 

Early Childhood Concentration (27 units)

The concentration in early childhood has been developed 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.

All courses are 3 units except as otherwise specified.

 

Early Childhood Foundation  3 units   (Required)

Course

Title

CAD 215

Foundations in Early Childhood

 

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

Course

Title

Special Needs

SPED 330

Introduction to Disabilities

SPED 370

Young Children Disabled or At Risk & Their Families

Infant/Toddler Development

CFS 323

Infant Toddler Development

*E ED 611

Advanced Issues in Infant - Toddler Education and Care

Supporting Children’s Learning

E ED 603

Promoting Young Children's Social and Emotional Development

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

 

Curriculum and Methods  3 units   (Choose one)

Course

Title

CFS 322

Early Childhood Education Curriculum

EED 602

Advanced Curriculum Study in ECE

Observation and Assessment  3 units   (Choose one)

Course

Title

CFS 420

Observation and Assessment with Children

E ED 610

Classroom Assessment and Evaluation for Young Children

 

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

Course

Title

A. Administration/ Leadership & Working with Families

CAD 510

Adult Supervision, Administration & Leadership in Early Childhood Programs

CFS 324

Administration of Infant/Toddler 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

SPED 675

Working with Families of Young Children with Disabilities

B. Curriculum Specialties

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

E ED 614

Science, Math, and Technology Curricular in ECE

E ED 615

Environmental Education in ECE

E ED 616

Language and Literacy in Multilingual ECE Settings

MUS 601

Music for Children

 

Culminating Experience  3 units   (Courses must be taken concurrently)

Course

Title

CAD 610

Early Childhood Internship Seminar (1)

CAD 611

Early Childhood Internship (2)

(Additional 150 hours required prior to internship in a licensed center/ program with children birth to 5 yrs. Hours must be documented and on file in the CAD office by Intern Application deadline)

Total Concentration in Early Childhood: 27 units

Total for Major: 45 units

Note 1:   Elementary Education Policy: 30* hours observation/participation outside the classroom are now required for Elementary Education courses (E ED). If a student takes more than one Elementary Education course per semester, 50 hours are the maximum total required and will count for all Elementary Education courses taken in that specific semester. *This change is effective Fall 2013.

Note 2:  Any course listed below that a student takes beyond the specified requirements can be counted as an elective toward the 120 units for graduation. These courses will enhance a student’s preparation for work in early care and education.

 

Career Options:

  • Infant-toddler Teacher
  • Pre-school Teacher
  • Program/Pre-school Side  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 Concentration (28-29 units)

The School Age concentration has been 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 plan to enroll in a Multiple Subject Teacher Credential Program after graduation. Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated.

 

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

Course

Title

C D 655

Dynamics of Communication Development

COMM 353

Speech for the Classroom Teacher (4)

COMM 364

Oral Interpretation of Children’s Literature (4)

COMM 411

Language for Teachers (4)

COMM 508

Children's Communication (4)

 

Literature  3 units    (Choose one)

Course

Title

AA S 512

Asian American Children's/Adolescent Literature

CWL 440

Typical American: Narratives of Multiculturalismin the Americas from 1492 to the Present

ENG 655

Literature and the Adolescent Reader

 

Mathematics  6 units    (Both required)

Course

Title

MATH 165

Concepts of the Number System

MATH 565

Concepts of Geometry, Measurement, and Probability

 

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

Course

Title

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

BIOL 310

Biology for Today's World

BIOL 313

Principles of Ecology

BIOL 317

Ecology of California

BIOL 318

Our Endangered Planet

B. Physical Science: Earth and Space Science 
Prerequisite: Completion of Physical Sciences GE requirement

GEOL 309/
METR 309

Investigating Land, Sea, and Air Interactions

 

Physical Education  3 units   (Required)

Course

Title

KIN 401

Elementary School Physical Education, K-5

 

Social Science  3 units   (Choose one from either A or B)

Course

Title

A.

AIS 410

Perspectives of Native California Indians

GEOG 552

Geography of California

HIST 450

History of California

LTNS 315

Latinas/os in California

B.

GEOG 101

Our Physical Environment

GEOG 102

The Human Environment (no longer required as partner to GEOG 101)

GEOG 107

World Regions and Interrelations

 

Art   3 units   (Choose one)

Course

Title

ART 450

Art for Children

DANC 340

Creative Dance for Children

MUS 601

Music for Children

TH A 451

Storytelling and Folk Literature

TH A 452

Theatre in Education

Capstone Experience   (formerly in core)  4 units   (Must be taken concurrently)

Course

Title

CAD 600

School Age Field Work Seminar (2)

CAD 601

School Age Field Work (2)

Total Concentration in School Age Child and Family: 28 - 29 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.

 

Youth and Context  3 - 4 units   (Choose one)

Course

Title

H ED 660

Developing Health Youth in Schools and Communities

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

Issues of Criminalization of Latino Youth

RRS 480

Youth Culture, Race and Resistance

 

Youth Development  3 units    (Choose one)

Course

Title

CFS 321

Adolescents and Families

PSY 430

Adolescent Psychology

 

Community Youth Development  3 units   (Required)

Course

Title

CAD 400

Community Youth Development

 

*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.

Course

Title

CAD 430

Experiential and Activity Based Learning Seminar (2)

CAD 431

Experiential and Activity Based Learning Practice (2)

 

Special Topics  3 units   (Choose one)          

Course

Title

RPT 330

Arts and Crafts for Leisure

RPT 380

Developmental Play Processes

RPT 440

Urban Recreation, Park and Leisure Services

 

*Ethics  3 units   (Required)

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

Course

Title

CAD 540

Ethics and Principles in Serving Youth

 

Program Development and Evaluation  3 units   (Required)

Course

Title

RPT 400

Programming in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

 

*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.

Course

Title

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 has been developed 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.

 

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

Course

Title

CAD 625

Children, Youth, and Public Policy

CJ 475

Intervention Policies in Juvenile Justice

H ED 450

Policy Issues in Health Education

PLSI 560/USP 560

Urban Poverty and Policy (4)

USP 565

Social Policy and Family Systems (4)

 

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

Course

Title

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)

 

Systems and Organizations  3 - 4 units   (Choose one)

Course

Title

PLSI 660/URBS 660/SW 660

The Roles of Nonprofit Organizations in Urban Life

SOC 452/CJ 470

Juvenile Justice (4)

SW 302

Introduction to Social Service Organizations

SW 350

Services to Children, Youth, and Their Families

 

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

Course

Title

CAD 400

Community Youth Development

CAD 510

Adult Supervision and Leadership in Early Childhood Programs

H ED 660

Developing Healthy Youth in Schools and Communities

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

 

Advocacy and Community Organizing  3 units   (Choose one)

Course

Title

CAD 650

Child Advocacy

RRS 410/SOC 410

Grassroots Organizing for Change in Communities of Color

H ED 455

Community Organizing and Community Building for Health

S W 456/USP 456

Urban Community Organizing & Citizen Action

 

Research and Statistics  3 - 4 units    (Choose one)

Course

Title

CAD 520

Demography of Children, Adolescents, and Their Families

PLSI 493/USP 493

Data Analysis (4)

PSY 371

Introductory Psychological Statistics

SOC 393

Quantitative Analysis of Social Data (4)

 

*Culminating Experience  4 units   (Required)

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

Course

Title

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