Fall 2019 CSU Application Deadline Extended!

Due to recent California wildfires, the Fall 2019 application period has been extended until December 15th. Visit the Cal State Apply website for more inforamtion.

Department of Child & Adolescent Development Searches for Assistant Professor Position in Early Childhood

San Francisco State University, Department of Child and Adolescent Development seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Early Childhood beginning August 2019.

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create an environment for learning that promotes appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region, state, the nation, and the world. Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Human Development, Child Development, or a closely related field required. Salary commensurate with qualifications. Review the position description. Application review begins November 1, 2018, continues until filled, Send letter of intent; a current CV; a statement on how your teaching and scholarship align with the commitment of the Child and Adolescent Development Department to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community; one writing sample; and names and contact information of three references to Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date.

Shereen Paff Special Education Scholarship

We highly encourage all eligible students to apply! The application deadline is Monday, October 15th, 2018. Awardees of the Paff Scholarship are eligible to receive up to $4,000, which can be used towards their education at SF State! If you would like to know more about this scholarship, please visit our Scholarships webpage. If you would like to apply please log onto Please note, if you have never logged onto Academic Works before there will be a few intake questions you will need to answer first.


CAD Fall 2019 Graduation Applications Due September 7th, 2018

CAD Spring 2019 Internship Application Due September 7th, 2018

CAD Fall 2018 Meet & Greet Event!

Save the date! CAD Faculty & Staff are hosting a CAD Meet & Greet event on Friday, August 24th between 3:00-4:30PM in front of the CAD Office, SCI 394. If you are interested in meeting CAD faculty, staff, and other students before the semester starts, come stop by!  Light snacks will be provided.

Fall 2018 CAD Courses - CAD 410 Added!

A new section of CAD 410 was added to the schedule on July 17th, 2018! We encourage all CAD students to complete this course in their first semester. If you have not already enrolled in CAD 410, we highly encourage you to enroll in the new section.

Monday & Wednesdays from 11:00AM – 12:15PM
Class Number: 11089

Section: 04


Summer 2018 CAD Courses

The following CAD courses still have seats available - enroll today!

  • CAD 410
  • CAD 210

Fall 2018 CAD Change of Major Request Extended Until March 1st

The CAD Department has updated their deadlines for Change of Major requests. Please visit our prospective students page.

Internship Application Deadline Extended Until Feb. 21st 

The online application for Fall 2018 internships is now available and can be downloaded from the internship link. The due date for completed applications is extended until Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 4 p.m. For more information, please visit our internship web page.

Graduation Applications Due Feb. 9th

CAD majors may start submitting Spring 2018 SF State graduation applications to our office starting Monday, January 29, 2018 thru Friday February 9, 2018 before 3:00pm. For more information, please visit our graduation web page.


Are you still looking for courses to add? The following CAD courses have been added for Spring 2018! 


CAD 215-02 Foundations in Early Childhood

Mo 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM  HSS Building 213  Carolyne Cook

CAD 260-03 Children, Families, and Community: An Ecological Perspective

Mo 4:10 PM - 6:55 PM  HSS Building 259  Nodelyn Abayan

CAD 450-03 Understanding and Working with Diverse Families

We 4:10 PM - 6:55 PM Business Building 106  Renata Way

CAD 500-03 Action Research Methods in Child and Adolescent Development - GWAR

Th 4:10 PM - 6:55 PM  Business Building 106  Cristina Warren



MUS 601(01Z) LEC/Online Music for Children is being offered this Winter 2018.


FALL 2018--Applications to the CAD major will be accepted between Oct 1 - Nov 30, 2017.

Change of majors should submit their Change of Major Petitions to the CAD Dept. office. Transfer students should apply to the university during that same time period and indicate that CAD is their first choice major. 

** Please note: For transfer students, the university deadline has been extended through Dec. 15. 


The following course is still available for Fall 2017

EED 614 Science, Math, and Technology Curricula in Early Childhood Education(UD-D&ES)                               TH 7:10PM-9:55PM  BH 173


EED will be offering the following courses for Fall 2017

  • EED 602  30
  • EED 603  30
  • EED 607  8
  • EED 610  27
  • EED 611  30
  • EED 614  12


  • EED 610  7
  • EED 611  23
  • EED 616  23

The CAD office will be closed during Summer Session.

We will be checking our emails everyday so, please email us with any questions or concerns you may have.

If you wish to speak with a staff member in person regarding CAD related inquiries, please email us at to set up an appointment time.

Please be advised, faculty members are not available for advising during the summer session.

A drop off box (near the office door) will be available for those needing to drop off paperwork.

CAD 410.03 (MON 7:00PM-9:45PM) has been added to the FALL 2017 class schedule.


The following SPED courses will be offered for the R1 summer session 2017

June 6, 2017-July 7, 2017
SPED 330 (Mon/Wed, 9:00-1:00), Janelle Lawson
SPED 675 (Tu/Thurs, 9:00-1:00), Rebecca Hawley
SPED 620 (Tu/Thurs, 1:15-5:15) Kristen Stewart


CAD Courses offered for summer 2017

  • CAD     210    01    INTRODUCTION TO  APPLIED CAD---(R1) TWTH 5PM-7:30PM
  • CAD     450    01    DIVERSE FAMILIES ---(R1)  MWF 8AM-10:45AM  
  • CAD     260    01    CHILD FAMILY & COMMUNITY--(R3)  MW 1:15PM-5:15PM   
  • CAD     500GW    01    ACTION RESEARCH CAD - GWAR--(R4) 11AM-12:15PM


The Policy, Advocacy, and Systems concentration in the CAD major is being discontinued.  It will no longer be available to CAD majors after Fall 2017. 


SPRING 2017 E ED Courses Still Open:  For CAD Majors in Early Childhood Concentration

1.    E ED 600  Advanced Issues in Child Development and Learning (EC Conc: Area II, Section C)
2.    E ED 602  Advanced Curriculum Study in ECE  (EC Conc: Area III);  Also GE UD-C and SF Studies: SJ
3.    EED 610  Classroom Assessment and Evaluation for Young Children (EC Conc: Area IV)
4.    EED 613 Integrated Arts Curricula in ECE (EC Conc: Area V, Section B); Also GE UD-C and SF Studies: SJ
5.    EED 616 Language and Literacy in Multilingual ECE Settings (EC Conc: Area V, Section B);  Also GE UD-C and SF Studies: SJ



Music 601(Music for Children) online course will be offered for Winter session 2016.

This class will cover both Early Child and Elementary musical development.

Please contact Dr. Wendell Hanna ( for add codes.



Spring 2017 Graduation Application

We will begin accepting applications starting Monday, January 23,2017
You must submit your completed application to our office by Friday, February 3, 2017 before 3:00pm




EDvance Fall Workshops

October 12th, Early Child Education Masters & MA ECE + Multiple Subject Credential (5:30pm – 6:45pm; Library 242):  Are you interested in the Masters in ECE (only) or the Masters in ECE + Multiple Subject Credential? If so, please join us and Dr. Kim, Associate Professor: Elementary Education, for this informational session. Both programs will be discussed in great detail.  If you want to know more about the program’s eligibility requirements, program application, career opportunities, costs, financial aid, etc. we encourage you to consider attending this highly anticipated workshop. We recommend that you look over the program application beforehand and come prepared with questions.

October 19th, South Africa Informational Session (5:30pm – 6:45pm; Library 242): Do you want to do something that is life-changing that not only impacts your life, education, and practice, but also impacts the lives of other families and children? Please join us for the CAD International South Africa Informational Session. Every year a select number of students get to travel, work, and receive academic credit by working in a small township outside of Cape Town, South Africa. We will discuss eligibility, costs, preparation, etc. We will also have current and past students who have gone to South Africa share their incredible experiences.

October 26th, Grad School Preparation Workshop (5:30pm - 6:45pm; Library 242: Applying to a graduate program can be extremely stressful as there are many steps to the process. In addition, there are many tough decisions that you will need to consider as these could impact your professional and personal life before and after you begin your graduate program. General information will be provided on the application process,  academic eligibility, taking a GRE/CBEST/CSET, asking for letters of recommendation, personal statements, etc. If you have questions about a particular graduate program and/or its application we encourage you to attend our September 28th  and October 12th workshops or make an appointment with EDvance Advising (

November 9th, Financial Aid Workshop (5:30pm – 6:45pm; Library 242): Interested in how you can receive financial aid, how to apply for FASFA, the different types of financial aid, EDvance Incentive Programs, scholarships, etc?  If so, please join us for an interactive and informative Financial Aid workshop. If you specific questions about your financial aid package please contact EDvance Advising ( or the SF State Financial Aid Office (415.338.7000)

November 16, Child Development Permit Workshop (6pm – 7pm tentative; Location: TBD): If you have questions on how to obtain your permit, eligibility, permit upgrades, and permit levels; please join us, Kathleen White, Coordinator of CCSF Professional Development Projects Child Development, and Wendy Yu for this workshop.


Are you interested in traveling to Japan in May 2017?

International Prespectives on Child Development.

Two Japanese women; a traditional Japanese building

Tentative Educational Activities in Kyoto and Tokyo(subject to change)

  •  Visit public/private schools
  •  Exchange day  with local University

Tentative Travel Activities in Tokyo and Kyoto(subject to change)

  • Visit temples
  •  Visit Museums
  • Visit fun neighborhoods

Important Information about the Trip:
Tentative DATES: 10 days leaving around May 27, 2017
FACULTY:  Dr. Nadine Agosta and TBD
Just visit the tour website for more info.
Questions? Email Nadine Agosta


Fall 2016 Graduation Application

We will begin accepting applications starting Tuesday, September 6, 2016
You must submit your completed application to our office by Friday, September 16, 2016 before 3:00pm


Paff Scholarships

5 scholarships available; up to $5,000 per scholarship. Deadline to apply:  10/21/16.  We are seeking applicants for the Shereen Paff Special Education Scholarship. This scholarship was endowed by Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Paff in memory of their daughter, Shereen. Shereen Paff earned a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 1971 from San Francisco State University (SFSU) and spent 25 years working and teaching in the field of Special Education. She specialized in visually impaired children and special education children in elementary schools and dedicated her life to helping children.

Please go to academicworks for more information.


Change of Major applications for Spring 2017 are now being accepted.
The Last day to turn in applications is August 31, 2016 at 4:00pm - CLOSED


Summer Office Hours

Monday thru Friday  10:00am-3:00pm

Closed for Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm


Application for Spring 2017 Now Available (Bulletin Year 2011-12 and Newer)

The application for Spring 2017 internships is now available and can be downloaded from the internship link (on the CAD internship website). The due date for completed applications is Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, 4 p.m. Please note, there is now a 4 day window when you may drop off your application at the CAD department office. Those dates are: Monday, August 29, 2016 from 9 a.m. through Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, 4 p.m.  Applications will not be accepted before or after those times/dates.  No exception.



For students in School Age concentration, EED 655: Hands on Undergraduate Science Education Experience will be offered Fall 2016 Thurs 11:30am-2:30pm Class #8006

This course will count under the Science category.


For students in Early Childhood and School Age Concentrations, MUS 601 will be offered this summer as an on-line course.


For student in our School Age Concentration, the Math Department will be offering Math 0165 and Math 0565 for Fall 2016.


CAD Volunteers needed for the CAD Recognition Ceremony on May 14, 2016

Help needed with the following tasks:

  • staffing sign in tables as graduates/guests arrive
  • Serving as monitors/ushers as guests arrive
  • Distributing programs to guests

if interested, please email the CAD Department


CAD courses offered for Summer 2016


Three COMM Courses Dropped from School Age Concentration - Effective Spring 2016

The following COMM courses will no longer be offered by the COMM Department, so we are dropping them from the CAD major, School Age concentration.  These course are in Area I. Language/Reading/Communication Development and are:  COMM 353  Speech for the Classroom Teacher, COMM 411 Language for Teachers, and COMM 508  Children's Commumication.

Two courses remain in that section which will continue to be offered:  CD 655 Dynamics of Communication Development and COMM 364  Oral Interpretation of Children's Literature.


Fall 2016 Internship Application.

We will begin accepting internship applicications for Fall 2016 starting  

Monday, February 1, 2015 thru Friday, February 5, 2015 (4:00pm)                           

Please check the Internship section for more information.


MUS 601  Music for Children

This online course will be offered for Winter session 2016


The following Winter 2016 courses are available for School Age concentration students:  MUS 601 and THA 451.  They meet requirements for VII. Arts and you need only one course in that section.


Winter 2016 Session: Courses

Winter 2016

MUS 601, Music for Children (3 units)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor. Musical materials, concepts, and skills appropriate for use in elementary classrooms. Music fundamentals applied through development of basic skills on an instrument: guitar, recorder, or piano.

Session: J1

Class Number: 1024

Days and Times    Dates    Location    Faculty

ARR     12/21/15 - 01/16/16    Online     Wendell Hanna
Class Notes:
Fee: $1080

Winter 2016

TH A 451, Storytelling and Folk Literature (3 units)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing. Methods and techniques of storytelling using selections from folktales, myths, legends, fables, and special types of poetry. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)

Session: J1
Class Number: 1057

Days and Times    Dates    Location    Faculty

ARR     12/21/15 - 01/16/16    Online     Josephine Tomalin
Class Notes:
Fee: $1080

Refund Schedule CEL_WINT

Refund Code    Session    Full Refund
(less $20 processing fee)    No Refund
CEL_WINT    Winter Session J1    Class dropped on or before December 21, 2015    Class dropped on December 22, 2015 and beyond
CEL_WINT    Winter Session J2    Class dropped on or before January 4, 2016    Class dropped on January 5, 2016 and beyond


Change of Major applications for Fall 2016 are now being accepted.

The Last day to turn in applications is November 30, 2015 at 4:00pm


Interested in Traveling to Cambodia and Vietnam in May 2016?  Contact Dr. Nadine Agosta for additional information.

A Reminder About Course Substitutions in the Major

CAD majors must receive prior approval to take a course for the major that is not listed in the Bulletin for their year and concentration.  Course substitution approval is not automatic, so be sure to see a CAD faculty advisor for advice.  Final approval given by the Department Chair, based upon faculty recommendation.  Use the Forms link to download a course substitution form. 

Textbook Information For All CAD Majors - Effective Fall 2015

1) The following text will be used in all CAD courses beginning Fall 2015.  Students are required to purchase one and refer to it when writing papers.

Text:  The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (2010). 6th Edition. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

2) For students taking CAD 410, the required text is the same text from CAD 210.   
Lightfoot, C., Cole M., & Cole, S. (2013).  The Development of Children 7th Edition.  New York: Worth Publishers.

The Following E ED Courses Still Open for Fall 2015 Enrollment  

1)    E ED 602.01  Advanced Curriculum Study in ECE  (3 units)
M  1:10-3:55 p.m.  Burk Hall 173
For EC concentration, meets requirement for  III.  ECE Curriculum and Methods

2)    E ED 607.01  Leadership and Administration in ECE (3 units)  CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT
Tu 4:10-6:55 p.m.  Burk Hall 151
        For EC concentration, meets requirement for V. Special Issues, A. Administration/Leadership & Working with Families

3)    E ED 611.01  Advanced Issues in Infant-Toddler Education and Care (3 units)
Tu 1:10-3:55 p.m.  Burk Hall 177
For EC concentration, meets requirement for II. Child Development in Context, B. Infant/Toddler Development

4)    E ED 615.01  Environmental Education in ECE (3 units)  CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT
TH 7:10-9:55 p.m. Burk Hall 177
For EC concentration, meets requirement for V. Special Issues, B. Curriculum Specialties


** The Shereen Paff Special Education Scholarship.**

The CAD department is seeking qualified applicants for the Shereen Paff Special Education Scholarship. This scholarship was endowed by Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Paff in memory of their daughter, Shereen. Shereen Paff earned a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 1971 from San Francisco State University (SFSU) and spent 25 years working and teaching in the field of Special Education. She specialized in visually impaired children and special education children in elementary schools and dedicated her life to helping children.

Please check  for further information.


New Course for School Age Concentration - Effective Fall 2015

IV.  Science
E ED 655  Hands On Undergraduate Science Education Experience (fall focus is physical science)
Day/Time:  TH 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Units:  3  (Must be taken for a grade)
Instructor:  Dr. Isabel Quita
Location:  TBA

Change of Office Hours--2/5/15

Starting Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Our Office Hours will be Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed between 12 - 1 p.m.

CAD Students Help To Build a Playground in Bayview-Hunter's Point

October 4, 2014
Twenty-three students from Dr. Nadine Agosta's CAD 210 and CAD 260 classes joined volunteers from around the Bay Area to build a playground in Bayview-Hunter's Point. Pictures forthcoming!