*Sept. 11 -  Deadline for FALL 2015 GRADUATION APPLICATIONS

The CAD Department deadline for graduation applications is Friday, September 11, by 4:00 pm in the CAD office in SCI 394.  Incomplete applications and/or applications without the student's signature will be returned without review.  While SF State's deadline is Sept. 25, the CAD Department needs two weeks to ensure that applications are reviewed, approved, and returned to students before the university deadline.

The CAD Dept. Process:  Faculty advisors and the department chair will review applications and students will be notified via SF State email only if their applications have been approved or denied.  If approved, students can pick up their applications and pay for them at the Registrar's Office.  Students also must fill out the CAD department Exit Survey before their applications are returned.  The Exit Survey is accessed via a link to a Qualtrics Survey in the body of the email you receive from CAD.  If denied, the email message will indicate the specific questions/edits/concerns that a CAD advisor has regarding the application.  We ask students to come to the CAD office as quickly as possible to make corrections.  The CAD Department will accept late applications but cannot guarantee they will be processed and returned to students by the university's deadline.  The university charges a late fee for applications turned in after the deadline.

For further questions or concerns please email or call the CAD office at 415-405-3564 or
Office Hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 am -4 pm; Closed for lunch from 12pm-1pm

For further information regarding the Undergraduate Degree Application please refer to

Textbook Information For All CAD Majors - Effective Fall 2015

1) The following text will be used in all CAD courses beginning Fall 2015.  Students are required to purchase one and refer to it when writing papers.

Text:  The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (2010). 6th Edition. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

2) For students taking CAD 410, the required text is the same text from CAD 210.   
Lightfoot, C., Cole M., & Cole, S. (2013).  The Development of Children 7th Edition.  New York: Worth Publishers.

The Following E ED Courses Still Open for Fall 2015 Enrollment  

1)    E ED 602.01  Advanced Curriculum Study in ECE  (3 units)
M  1:10-3:55 p.m.  Burk Hall 173
For EC concentration, meets requirement for  III.  ECE Curriculum and Methods

2)    E ED 607.01  Leadership and Administration in ECE (3 units)  CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT
Tu 4:10-6:55 p.m.  Burk Hall 151
        For EC concentration, meets requirement for V. Special Issues, A. Administration/Leadership & Working with Families

3)    E ED 611.01  Advanced Issues in Infant-Toddler Education and Care (3 units)
Tu 1:10-3:55 p.m.  Burk Hall 177
For EC concentration, meets requirement for II. Child Development in Context, B. Infant/Toddler Development

4)    E ED 615.01  Environmental Education in ECE (3 units)  CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT
TH 7:10-9:55 p.m. Burk Hall 177
For EC concentration, meets requirement for V. Special Issues, B. Curriculum Specialties


** The Shereen Paff Special Education Scholarship.**

The CAD department is seeking qualified applicants for the Shereen Paff Special Education Scholarship. This scholarship was endowed by Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Paff in memory of their daughter, Shereen. Shereen Paff earned a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 1971 from San Francisco State University (SFSU) and spent 25 years working and teaching in the field of Special Education. She specialized in visually impaired children and special education children in elementary schools and dedicated her life to helping children.

Please check  for further information.


**There will be no advising during the summer.**

Fall Advising hours will be posted in early August.

*CAD 210 and 260 have been cancelled for Summer 2015 Session due to low enrollment*

For Newly Admitted CAD Majors (Change of Majors) - Fall 2015

Congratulatons on your admittance to the CAD major for Fall 2015.  As you know, you will need to complete CAD 210 and CAD 260 with a grade of C or better and ENG 214 with a grade  C- or better before you can start the CAD major.  We are offering both CAD 210 and CAD 260 during R1 Summer Session (3 units each).  Sign up quickly so we can ensure the courses are offered; they will be cancelled if there is low enrollment.  If you have any financial aid remaining from this academic year, it can be used for summer session.  CAD 450 is offered in R3 - see details below.

CAD 210.01  Intro to Applied Child and Adolescent Development (Core - Foundations; required)
Session R1 - June 8-July 10
Days/Time - MWF 9:00-11:45 a.m.
Location - Burk Hall 408
Instructor - Dr. Nadine Agosta

CAD 260.01  Child, Family an Community: An Ecological Perspective (Core - Foundations; required)
Session R1 - June 8-July 10
Days/Time - MWF 12 noon-2:45 p.m.
Location - Burk Hall 408
Instructor - Dr. Nadine Agosta

The third course is offered this summer in R3:

CAD 450.01  Understanding and Working with Diverse Families (Core - Family Systems; required)
Session R3 - July 13-August 14
Days/Time - MWF 9-11:45 a.m.
Location - Burk Hall 408
Instructor - Dr. Nadine Agosta

For CAD Majors in the Early Childhood and School Age Concentrations:

MUS 601 Music for Children is being offered this summer as an on-line course.
Session:  R1   06/08-07/10/2015
Class #:  2318
Instructor:  Dr. Wendell Hanna
Course Description:  Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Musical materials, concepts, and skills appropriate for use in elementary classrooms. Music fundamentals applied through development of basic skills on an instrument: guitar, recorder, or piano.

Early Childhood Concentration:  Course meets V.  Special Issues, B. Curriculum Specialties area
School Age Concentration:  Course meets VII.  Art  

New CAD Major Advising Workshop - April 24, 2015

2:00-3:30 p.m.  LIBRARY 121
If you have been accepted into the CAD major for Fall 2015, either as a Transfer or Change of Major student, please attend an advising workshop planned just for you.  We will review requirements for the major, the four concentrations, the curriculum, and the internship. We also will distribute advising worksheets for the major and general education.  There will be a representative from the Center of Science and Mathematics Education talk with you about Fellowships that are available for students who are interested in teaching math or science.   

Please note:  The last day of advising for Spring 2015 is the last day of instruction, Friday, May 15.  There is no advising during the summer. 


New Course for School Age Concentration - Effective Fall 2015

IV.  Science
E ED 655  Hands On Undergraduate Science Education Experience (fall focus is physical science)
Day/Time:  TH 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Units:  3  (Must be taken for a grade)
Instructor:  Dr. Isabel Quita
Location:  TBA

Change of Office Hours--2/5/15

Starting Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Our Office Hours will be Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed between 12 - 1 p.m.

Spring 2015 CAD PATH Courses Closed - 1/26/15

The following CAD PATH courses are closed to general registration and no additional students will be added.  Please do not attend the first course session to try to add these courses:

1) CAD 450.01
2) CAD 510.01
3) CAD 625.02


Spring 2015 CAD Courses Still Open - 1/26/15

As of this morning, the following CAD courses are still open -

CAD 210.01 - 2 seats
CAD 260.01 - 2 seats
CAD 410.01 - 29 seats   (course just opened last week)
CAD500.01GW - 5 seats


Spring 2015 Admissions Update - 12/15/14

By now, you have heard from either the CAD Department Office or the SF State Admissions Office on your Spring 2015 admissions status.  For those of you who were admitted to the CAD major, our scheduled  Advising Workshop for new majors on Thursday, December 11, was cancelled when the university was shut down due to inclement weather.  We are tentatively planning another Advising Workshop sometime in January 2015, although you already will have registered for courses.  That information will be posted on this page. 

Update on KIN 401 - 12/3/14

Good news for CAD majors in the School Age concentration.  We were just informed that KIN 401 WILL be offered in Spring 2015 on TuTh from 10:30-Noon.  Please plan to take KIN 401 instead of RPT 380. If you have a schedule conflict with KIN 401 and want to take RPT 380 as a course substitute, please bring in documentation to verify the conflict. Only then will the department approve your course substitution request. 

Effective Immediately

Kin 401 Elementary School Physical Education, K-5 will be offered only in Fall semester.  CAD majors in the School Age Concentration may take RPT 380 Developmental Play Processes in lieu of KIN 401 in spring semesters.  During fall semesters, plan to take KIN 401.

Update for Applicants to the CAD Major - Spring 2015

12/1/14  To CAD Major Applicants - This update is to let you know that as of today, we still have not received the complete list of applicants to the CAD major from the university Admissions Office. Until we receive that list, we cannot make any admissions decisions.  We apologize for this delay.

Thank you to everyone who applied to the CAD major for Spring 2015. We expect to receive the complete list of applicants (both Transfer and Change of Major) from the University Admissions Office next week (Nov. 17-21). Once we receive the list, the CAD Department Admissions Committee will select the applicants who will become CAD majors in Spring 2015. Because there are no classes the following week (Nov. 24-28) due to theThanksgiving holiday, our goal is to notify Change of Major applicants of their status during the first week in December.  Transfer applicants will hear of their CAD admissions status from the University Admissions Office.  If you are no longer interested in the CAD major, please notify us at


Applications to the CAD Major for Fall 2015 are now being accepted

Application period:  October 1 - November 30, 2014

Current SF State Students - Submit a Change of Major form to the CAD Department Office, SCI 394.  No late applications accepted.
Transfer Students - Submit  a CSU application to the University's Admissions Office in the Student Services Building (SSB).  Select CAD as primary major.

No supplementary application is required by the department.

Students can anticipate notification regarding their application status sometime in March 2015


General Education Workshop for CAD Majors

November 6, 2014, LIB 242

Trying to figure out how to meet the new General Education requirements and requirements for graduation?  Are you following the old GE pattern and have questions?  Attend this workshop on Thursday morning from 9:30-11:30 a.m. for Dr. Dahl's presentation and discussion about General Education at SF State.  From 11:30-12:30 there will be individual advising as time permits. 


CAD Students Help To Build a Playground in Bayview-Hunter's Point

October 4, 2014
Twenty-three students from Dr. Nadine Agosta's CAD 210 and CAD 260 classes joined volunteers from around the Bay Area to build a playground in Bayview-Hunter's Point. Pictures forthcoming!


October 21, 2014  6:00-7:00 p.m.

CAD South Africa - 2015 Honors Program Information Session, LIB 244
Come learn about this prestigious study abroad CAD Honors Program
Work with preschool children in Vrygrond Township in Cape Town
Appoximate dates in South Africa: May 29-July 26, 2015
Approximate cost per student: $5,000 (airfare, ground transportation, lodging and food, excursions)
Must be a CAD major in Early Childhood with minimum 6 months experience in early childhood education
Application deadline: October 24, 2014


October 16, 2014  4:00-5:30 p.m.

Edelman Town Hall, LIB 242
Topic: CAD in South Africa: An Early Childhood Educator Honors Program
Hear CAD students and faculty talk about their unique, eight week experience this
past summer working in preschools in Vrygrond Township, Cape Town, South Africa

Presenters: Krystal Dandridge, CAD major in Early Childhood
Yohana Quiroz, CAD alumnus in Early Childhood
Dr. Lygia Stebbing, CAD Lecturer and EDvance SF Director


October 8, 2014
Tokyo Seitoku University Students Visit CAD

Seventy students in Child Development Studies from Tokyo Seitoku University,
a private university in Tokyo, Japan, are visiting the CAD Department
at SF State. On Monday and Tuesday they are visiting schools, child care sites,
preschools, and Mission Science Workshop. On Wednesday, Oct. 8, they
will be on campus to hear faculty presentations, have lunch at the Vista Room,
take a campus tour, and visit the bookstore.

Faculty Presentations:
Topic:  Public Policy: Education by Dr. Alison Baroody, CAD Department
Topic: Music for Children by Dr. Wendell Hanna, School of Music and Dance


September 22, 2014
Interested in traveling to CAMBODIA in May 2015?

Informational meetings have been held. Contact Dr. Nadine Agosta if interested. 
See link for further details.  CAMBODIA TRIP PDF.