Department of Child & Adolescent Development

The Department of Child & Adolescent Development (CAD) offers various bachelor’s degrees, a minor, and blended bachelor’s + master’s + credential programs. The department supports and engages students as they gain knowledge about children, youth, and their families from a developmental, interdisciplinary, and applied perspective and prepares them to serve in school and community settings. All of our degrees prepare students for advanced study in various disciplines.


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SF State Scholars (Blended Bachelor's + Master's + Credentials) Programs

The San Francisco State Scholars program provides undergraduate students with an accelerated pathway to a graduate degree and credential. Students in the Special Education SF State Scholars programs pursue a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and credential simultaneously. The Department of Special Education (SPED) currently has joint SF State Scholars programs with the Department of Child & Adolescent Development (CAD).

Visit the SPED SF State Scholars Website for more information.