CAD Advising Services

  • 5-10 Minutes
  • No appointment needed
  • Services Offered:
    • Clarification about CAD Degree:

      • Requirements
      • Class Sequence
      • Prerequisites
      • Admissions
    • Answers to Quick Questions:
      • How do I find information about...?
      • Where do I go for...?
      • Who do I talk to about...?

Dates & Times

Summer 2024 Drop-In Advising Hours (May 28-August 23, 2024)
Tuesday Wednesday


12-1 pm


5-6 pm

Not available on June 19, 2024 (Juneteenth Observed)

Except when there are no classes and/or campus is closed (University Calendar)


Please sign up for and attend a new student orientation, if you haven't already.

  • You will be able to register for courses during your orientation. 
  • If you don’t register for orientation, you will have to wait until Open Registration to sign up for Spring 2024 courses.
  • Chelsea & Linda from CAD are planning to be on campus during the in person orientation sessions on Monday, January 8, 2024 and Friday, January 12, 2024. They plan to support students when they are signing up for courses in the computer lab.

CAD Advising Video

Coming soon!

CAD Advising Services

Please stop by our Drop-In Advising (dates, times & Zoom link listed above) or email us your questions at

  • 30 Minutes
  • Services Offered:
    • CAD Major Academic Planning
    • CAD Career Consultation see information about CAD Advisors below
  • Appointments available during Spring & Fall semesters through Navigator
  • 30 Minutes
  • Services Offered:
    • Double Major
    • Academic Notice (formerly "Academic Probation")
    • Returning to SF State
    • CAD Major Course Substitution
    • CAD Major Course Approvals for Study Abroad
    • Second Baccalaureate
    • Urgent concerns or issues
  • Schedule by emailing, please include:
    • Name
    • Student ID#
    • SF State E-Mail Address
    • Reason for Advising / Advising Questions (please be as detailed as possible)

Meet the Advisors

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Dr. Miguel N. Abad

Advising expertise:

  • Out of School Time
  • Community Based Youth Development Organizations
  • Youth Work
  • Transitional Age Youth

Dr. Rachel Flynn

Dr. Rachel Flynn

Advising expertise:

  • Developmental/Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Primary & Secondary Education K-12
  • Nonprofit Management
  • After School & Summer Camp
  • Social Work
  • Marriage & Family Therapy

Dr. Molly McManus

Dr. Molly McManus

Advising expertise:

  • Early Childhood
  • Primary Education K-5
  • Counseling

Dr. Soyeon Park

Dr. Soyeon Park

Advising expertise:

  • Early Childhood
  • Developmental/
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • STEAM Education
  • Cross-cultural Research

Dr. Linda M. Platas

Dr. Linda M. Platas

Advising expertise:

  • Early Childhood
  • Health & Medical
  • Policy & Advocacy
  • International Relations
  • Higher Education
  • STEM

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Dr. Sherria D. Taylor

Advising expertise:

  • Nonprofit Development & Management
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Community Counseling
  • Family Life Education
  • Community Education & Programming
  • Social Justice Pedagogy
  • BIPOC Families Research
  • Family, Community, and Cultural Resilience Research

Course Planning Resources

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Visit our Major Planning Worksheets & Resources webpage and click on your specific CAD major.

The Registrar's Office has created a self-guiding page to assist you in submitting online requests to change your Major or Minor. Visit the Registrar’s Website.

The CAD department does not assign students to a specific advisor.  You may sign up for an advisor whose schedule matches your availability or an advisor who specializes in your concentration or interests.

Majors = Visit our Major Planning Worksheets & Resources webpage and click on your specific CAD major.

Minor = Visit our Minor in Early Childhood Development webpage.

You can view the top of your Degree Progress Report (DPR) to see your specific bulletin year for your CAD major requirements. On your Degree Progress Report, the “Requirement (Catalog) Term” refers to your bulletin year.

This could be correct because students have different bulletin years. Bulletin years determine the specific CAD major requirements a student has. Students can request to be moved to a future bulletin year – but they cannot request to an earlier bulletin year than what they currently have.

We recommend meeting with a CAD faculty advisor before you start your junior year and at least once a year until you graduate. Meeting with an advisor once a semester can help ensure steady progress through the major.

Any time you need guidance regarding courses in the major, your progress in the major, your grades, your career plans, or graduate school. 

The most available time to get an appointment is during the middle of the semester.  The busiest times (and therefore the most difficult to get an appointment) are at the beginning and end of the semester - after the new schedule of classes has come out.

We highly recommend scheduling an appointment to meet with an advisor at the Undergraduate Advising Center.

Please join Drop-In Advising Hours (see Advising Services section above for details). You are also welcome to email your questions to

If you want an individual 20-30 minute advising meeting, we highly recommend meeting with an advisor from the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC). Due to the number of students in the major, CAD faculty advisors are only available to meet individually with students accepted into the major.

  • List of questions
  • Note taking materials
  • Review your Degree Progress Report and the resources on our Academics & Admissions webpage
  • Unofficial transcripts if you have courses or credits that are not populating on your Degree Progress Report (DPR). Examples include AP credits, military credits and college courses.
  • Confirmation of your advising appointment and how to join the advising appointment (e.g., Zoom link)

Only with permission from the CAD Department Chair. Please email to start the consultation process. You may be requested to schedule an appointment to meet with the CAD Department Chair.

Yes, you can change your concentration. If you have 90+ units completed, you may be requested to meet with a CAD Faculty Advisor to discuss if changing your concentration may delay graduation.
The Registrar's Office has created a self-guiding page to assist you in submitting online requests to change your Major or Minor. Visit the Registrar’s Website.

Yes. You can take CAD 410GW to fulfill your CAD 410 requirement. The Degree Progress Report should be updated by Fall 2023 to reflect that students can take CAD 410GW to fulfill their CAD 410 requirement.

Starting in Fall 2023, CAD 410 is offered as CAD 410GW. CAD majors only need to complete one GWAR course for their major requirements:

  • CAD 410 + CAD 500GW; OR
  • CAD 410GW + CAD 500

Other SF State Advising

Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC)

  • First-year freshman & undeclared students meet with an assigned UAC advisor
  • CAD Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors with General Education (GE) & other SF State graduation requirement questions meet with College/Major Advising Team @ UAC

Graduate Studies

Graduate school information, resources, and advising

Career & Leadership Development

Career counseling, job search resources, & leadership development