Plan A (Subject Matter Preparation)


Plan A leads to a baccalaureate degree (BA) and subject matter preparation for entry into a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program after graduation. Plan A is relevant to a wide range of careers in education. Under this plan, coursework is diversified to cover five content areas typically taught in K-8 classrooms: language and literature; mathematics and science; humanities and the arts; human development and physical education; and history and the social sciences.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

Students who complete a ChAD BA should be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of child and adolescent development in four major domains (cognitive, emotional, social, and physical) and understand the interrelationships among these domains;
  • Understand the role of context in the growth and development of children and adolescents and their socialization by family, community, society, and culture;
  • Apply research, theory, and problem-solving skills to questions about social policy, education, intervention, and practical situations pertaining to children and adolescents;
  • Examine and evaluate information about children and adolescents from a variety of sources;
  • Demonstrate inquisitiveness about the development of children and adolescents by articulating reasoned questions and methods for seeking answers to those questions;
  • Demonstrate communication and interpersonal skills for facilitating the development of children and adolescents and meeting the challenges of working with other professionals; 
  • Understand ethical and advocacy responsibilities in working with and on behalf of children and adolescents.


Listed below are the courses that meet requirements for the:

  • Major
  • Core General education
  • Advanced General Education
  • Graduation

University multiple subjects preparation.

Requirements for Plan A, Multiple Subjects Preparation, are designed for students who begin their college careers in this major. Students who are transfers or who are changing into this major, in consultation with a department advisor, identify the coursework appropriate for the individual.

Lower division in the major

PSYC 1 (GE/D1)
ChAD 60 (GE/E)
ChAD 67 or ChAD 70(GE/E)
SOCS 15 or STAT 95 (GE/B4)

Upper division in the major

ChAD or LLD 100W (SJSU Studies Area Z)
ChAD 101
ChAD 159
ChAD 162 or 164
ChAD 163 or 173
ChAD 168
ChAD 169
ChAD 170
ChAD 195
CA 177,NuFS 129, PSYC 117, or SOC 177
**HRPF 135, JS 120, **JS 136, **KIN 169, NuFS 114B, or SOC 151
ANTH 153, EDSE 102, EDSE 104, **LING 129, or PSYCH 1427

Core General Education

A1 Oral Comm
A2 Written Comm: ENGL 1A
A3 Critical thinking
B1 Physical Science: CHEM/PHYS 35
B2 Life Science: BIOL 21
B3 Lab: taken with B1 or B2
B4 Math Concepts: MATH 12
C1 Arts: MUSC 10B
C2 Letters: Survey of lit with either a cultural or geographic scope
C3 Written Comm 1B: ENGL 1B
D1: Human Behavior: met in major
D2 Comparative Systems:  met in major
D3 Social Issues: met in major
F1-F3: HIST 15A & 15B or AAS 33A & 33B meet D2 and D3
E: Human Understanding: met in major
Phys Ed (2 activities)

SJSU Studies - Advanced General Education

Area R Recommend GEOL 103
Area S Recommend SOCS 138
Area V Recommend SOCS 139

Other requirements for subject matter preparation to be selected in consultation with the department advisor

ChAD 149
ChAD 150
ChAD 151
ENGL 103 or LLD 107
ART 39 or ART 138 or TA 131 or TA 148 or MUSC 10B* or MUSC 185
CA 177
MATH 105
MATH 106
SCI 110 or Env 158
SOCS 137

A total of 120 units is required to graduate.
*If not taken to meet GE Area C1.
** Meets SJSU Studies requirement, Area S.

Additional Information

All students, including those transferring from a community college, should be sure to attend a new student orientation offered by the University and also review the advisement tutorial on this website.

Students can link to the SJSU Articulation Agreement to review current equivalent courses at specific community colleges. General advisement information if also available on this site.

Meet with the department undergraduate advisor during the first semester of enrollment at SJSU. Read information about advisement in the advising section of this website.