CAD Advising Services


If you haven’t already, please sign up for and attend a new student orientation. You will be able to register for courses during your orientation.  

CAD Major Advising Video  

Please watch this video before you register for classes.

This video includes: 

  • CAD major concentration descriptions 

  • Course requirements 

  • Planning your classes  

  • Opportunities 

  • Connecting with CAD 

CAD Summer Advising Services for New Students (Optional) 

Group Advising Workshops

In this workshop, we will present the same information from the CAD Major Advising Video (listed above). There will be time for questions and answers (Q&A). We recommend attending the Group Advising Workshop if you would prefer to hear the presentation live or want to be able to interact in real time with CAD advisors.  

Dates & Times: 

  • June 28, 2022 from 5-6:30 pm  

  • July 11, 2022 from 11:30-1pm  

  • RSVP for Zoom Link  

Drop-In Advising Hours (5-10 minutes)

If you have quick questions after watching the CAD Major Advising Video, we highly recommend stopping by one of our CAD Drop-In Advising hours. Examples of quick questions:

  • The class section I planned to sign up for is full, what should I enroll in?  
  • Does my community college equivalent course count at SF State?
  • Are the classes I signed up for (for fall 2022) the right classes for my CAD requirements?

Dates & Times:

  • Dates: July 5 – 29, 2022
  • Days: Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays 

  • Time: 2-4pm 

  • Join Drop-In Zoom Here - No appointment needed (first-come, first-served basis; about 5-10 minutes per student) 

Individual Advising Appointments (30-minutes)

Before scheduling an individual advising appointment, we ask that students first watch our CAD Major Advising Video. 

Scheduling an appointment: 

  • Navigate to 

  • Log in using your SF State ID and SF State password 

  • On the upper right side of your student homepage, click the Schedule an Appointment button to open the appointment scheduling tool. 

  • Complete the required fields  

  • For the service, please select "Major Advising for New Transfers [ZOOM]" 

  • Please be sure to submit your request to schedule an appointment  
    (you should receive a confirmation – or you can check your Navigate home page for upcoming appointments) 

  • 5-10 Minutes
  • Services Offered:
    • Clarification about CAD Degree: Requirements, Class Sequence, Prerequisites
    • Answers to Quick Questions
      • How do I find information about...?
      • Where do I go for...?
      • Who do I talk to about...?
  • No appointment needed
  • Dates & times to be announced
  • 30 Minutes
  • Services Offered:
    • CAD Major Academic Planning
    • CAD Career Consultation see information about CAD Advisors below
  • Appointments available during Spring & Fall semesters
  • 30 Minutes
  • Services Offered:
    • Double Major
    • Academic Probation
    • Returning to SF State
    • CAD Major Course Substitution
    • CAD Major Course Approvals for Study Abroad
    • 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)

Not sure which advising is right for you?

Drop-in during CAD Office Hours to speak to someone who can help you decide and/or answer general CAD questions.

Meet the Advisors

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our Academics & Admissions webpage and click on your specific CAD major or minor.

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.

Visit our Academics & Admissions webpage and click on your specific CAD major or minor.

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 Student Resource Center, or if you are a freshmen to meet with an advisor at the Undergraduate Advising Center during your first year.

Please join Drop-In Advising Hours or CAD Zoom Office 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 Student Resource Center. 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.

Other SF State Advising

Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC)

  • Freshman
  • General Education (GE) & other SF State graduation requirements

Student Resource Center (SRC)

  • Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors
  • General Education (GE) & other SF State graduation requirements

Division of Graduate Studies Advising

  • Graduate School Information & Resources

Career Services & Leadership Development (CSLD)

  • Career Counseling & Job Search Resources