Why consider a degree in Child & Adolescent Development?

Our curricular goals are clear: by incorporating theory, research, policy, and practice into our curriculum, we provide students who major in ChAD a thorough grounding in child and adolescent development. Whether in K-8 classrooms, in child care settings, or in other fields related to children and their families, students who graduate with a degree in Child and Adolescent Development are well prepared to meet the challenges of beginning their careers. 


Advisement Appointments

Appointments are available from the first week of classes through to the last week of instruction in the fall and spring semesters. These appointments are visible beginning on the first day of classes.  Appointment scheduling is self-serve. Be sure to follow the instructions on the ChAD advising page to prepare for your appointment.  To make an appointment, click the button below and select LCOE Advising.

Get Advising

If you need advisement assistance during the breaks between semesters or over the summer, go to (SH 201) or call the department office (408) 924-3718.


Part-time Teaching

The Department of Child & Adolescent Development (ChAD) at San Jose State University is often seeking qualified lecturers to teach ChAD courses during the fall and spring semesters.  We are particularly interested in staffing the following courses:  Contemporary Parenting, Risk and Resilience; Social and Emotional Development; Child and Adolescent Motivation; and Contextual Influences on Cognitive Development.  See the SJSU catalog for brief descriptions of these courses (see catalog descriptions). 

If you hold an MA, Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Child Development, Psychology, Education, or a related field, email your CV along with a note indicating which of the courses we offer you are prepared to teach to Ravisha Mathur, department chair --


ChAD Masters Program Application

Applications are accepted in the spring only for starting the program in the fall semester. No students will be admitted to the program during the spring semester

Interested in ChAD Preschool ?

chad preschool

The Department of Child & Adolescent Development operates a campus laboratory preschool which accepts children from throughout the community. The preschool offers two different programs for children ages two through five years.