Take a look at our frequently asked questions for more information.

Feel free to contact us for answers to questions not listed here.

How would I know if PATH is a good choice for me?

•    Are you transfer eligible and planning to apply to SF State to attain a Bachelor's Degree in Child and Adolescent Development (CAD)?
•    Would you like to attend school in the evenings and weekends?
•    Are you a current member of the ECE workforce or seeking to gain more experience?
•    Would you like the flexibility to work and still make progress towards your degree?
If you answered yes to the above questions PATH may be for you!

How long will it take me to graduate in PATH?

If you are a full time student, PATH takes approximately 2 years to graduate. This is the typical time it takes a junior in the CAD major to graduate.

What does guaranteed classes mean?

Joining the PATH program gives you access to sections of classes in the CAD major.

Who teaches the PATH weekend and night classes?

PATH faculty are SF State faculty who teach CAD, EED and SPED major classes. Many of the faculty are currently working in the field as educators, administrators and/or coaches.


Is PATH part of SF State? Will I get a SF State BA degree?

Yes, PATH is a special program in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development. Students in PATH are CAD majors and will receive their BA degrees from SF State just like non-PATH CAD majors.


Are the guaranteed classes enough to grant me full time status?

Yes, we offer four classes each semester in the major that equals 12 or more units a semester.

I've already taken 1 or 2 of the classes listed on the structured path. Does that make me ineligible to join the PATH program?

Taking 1 or 2 classes on the structured PATH does not make you ineligible for the PATH program. You can still join, however, priority admissions is given to students who have not taken any of the PATH courses. If you are accepted into the program, you will still participate in a majority of the CAD classes with PATH. For the 1 or 2 classes you have taken already, PATH will help you determine an alternative class.


How do I apply?

Step 1:   In order to be considered for CAD PATH, students must apply to SF State and the Child and Adolescent Major with an Early Childhood Emphasis.  Students should follow the Cal State Apply Deadlines and be sure to apply by the fall deadline, November 30th.

Step 2:   Attend an informational session. The CAD PATH program will be hosting 2 informational sessions this Spring semester:

  • PATH Info Session #1: Thursday, March 29th, 2018; 5:30 – 7:00pm; Library 244
  • PATH Info Session #2: Monday, April 16th, 2018; 5:30 – 7:00pm; Library 244

At the event we will go over the benefits of joining the PATH program and how to be eligible for the program. To ensure you have a spot at the event & to receive updates about the event, please RSVP by clicking HERE. If you are unable to attend, but would like to know more information about the PATH program, please fill out the RSVP form to let us know

Step 3:   Students must fill out an application to the PATH program by April 30th, 2018.  Applications are available on-line using the following link: http://www.tfaforms.com/276170

Step 4:   Upon applying to the CAD PATH program, all applicants will be asked to meet with our academic counselor to review transcripts and PATH eligibility.