Academics & Admissions


The bachelor of arts degree in Child & Adolescent Development (CAD) is designed for students interested in studying child and youth development and who wish to apply this knowledge in settings that serve children, youth and their families. The CAD major provides theoretical knowledge about child and youth development from an interdisciplinary and applied perspective. Students then learn to apply this knowledge to programs, services, and policies for children, youth and families that are offered in community settings and classrooms. The core courses address professional roles and careers, theories of child and adolescent development, diverse families in a globalized context, action research methods, and policy and advocacy. In addition to taking core courses, CAD majors select one out of three specialized concentrations that reflects their specific interest.

Early Childhood

The concentration in Early Childhood is for students who wish to work primarily with young children (infants, toddlers, and preschoolers), and their families, in settings such as preschools, child care centers, schools and social service agencies. This concentration is recommended for students who wish to meet requirements for the Child Development Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

School Age Child & Family

The School Age Child & Family concentration is 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, therefore, plan to enroll in a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential Program after graduation.

Youth Work & Out of School Time

The Youth Work & Out of School Time concentration is for students who wish to work primarily with school-age children, adolescents, and transitional age youth in out of school time programs and social service agencies. Such programs include afterschool programs, juvenile justice, recreation, residential treatment, social services, mental health and public health.