CAD PATH Program at SFSU

12/15/14  Pathway is currently being updated, please e-mail if you need support.


Paving the Way for Early Educator Degree Attainment

The Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) Department has received funding to support degree completion rates for people in early childhood education. This funding has allowed us to create the Promoting Achievement Through Higher Education (PATH) program. PATH is a program designed to support professionals working in the field of early childhood education to get a Bachelor's degree. PATH hopes to eliminate many of the challenges and barriers for early childhood education to graduate a four-year institute. PATH includes the Metro Academy of Child and Adolescent Development (Lower Division) and PATH Upper Division.


CAD Metro Academy (Lower Division)


  • Receive one-on-one support from faculty
  • Develop individual education plans with an academic counselor who follows each student over time
  • Receive academic advising, tutoring, access to financial aid advising and early intervention if they start falling behind.


  • Interested in early childhood education and social justice
  • Able to begin the program in Fall of 2012
  • Able to dedicate time to school - approximately 9 to15 hrs/week for classes (9 to 15 semester units or 3 to 5 classes per semester) and meet eligibility requirements. See links below for more details.


CAD PATH at SFSU (Upper Division)


  • Meets every other weekend Friday evenings (approx. 5:30-10) and Saturdays (approx. 8:30-6)
  • Three courses offered per semester for PATH students
  • Structured pathway to help you graduate in a timely manner
  • Coursework support like tutoring and mentoring


  • Work or be willing to work at least 20 hours per week in an early childhood education center-based or family child care program
  • CAD major in the Early Childhood concentration