Plan B provides students interested in careers working with children with a degree program that will prepare them, upon graduation, for professions that serve children and their families. Plan B also prepares students for graduate study in child and adolescent development or for the social sciences in general. Plan B is not recommended for students who expect to work toward a teaching credential, however, Plan B graduates often do apply to a multiple subject credential program.
New Plan B degree options starting fall 2014
For all students entering the ChAD program in fall 2014 and any current students who opt to change to one of the new plans, there will be two paths through the Plan B curriculum. Both plans will prepare students, upon graduation, for professions that serve children and families. One path, the Early Childhood Focus, emphasizes early care and education. The other path, the Community Focus, is intended for students whose interests are in working with children and families in community settings. Both of the Plan B paths also prepare students for graduate study in child and adolescent development or for the social sciences in general. Plan B is not recommended for students who expect to enter a teaching credential program after graduation; however, Plan B graduates often do apply to and are accepted into multiple subject credential programs.
These new paths include new courses and somewhat different requirements than those shown below for the existing Plan B. See the new Plan B advisement form for the revised requirements. If you enrolled at SJSU spring 2014 or earlier, are considering the new options, and have questions, stop by the ChAD department office (SH 201) or make an appointment with a department advisor.
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.
Lower division in the major
PSYC 1 (GE/D1)
ChAD 60 (GE/E)
ChAD 67 or ChAD 70 (GE/E)
SOCS 15 (GE/B4) or STAT 95 (GE/B4)
Upper division in the major
ChAD or LLD 100W (SJSU Studies Area Z)
ChAD 162 or 164
ChAD 195 (last semester, senior year)
Select an Option
Option 1: Early Childhood Focus
ChAD 160 (last semester, senior year)
ANTH 153, EDSE 102, HPRF 135*, JS 136*, PSYCH 142, NuFS 114B, or SOCI 178
Option 2: Community Focus
ChAD 158 (last semester, senior year)
ChAD 163 or 173
COMM 144F, HS 145, JS 152, LING 129*, SOCI 151, SOCI 170, or URBP 133
* Meets SJSU Studies Area S.
Core General Education
A1 Oral Comm
A2 Written Comm 1A
A3 Critical Thinking
B1 Physical Science
B2 Life Science
B3 Lab: taken with B1 or B2
B4 Math Concepts
C3 Written Comm: ENGL 1B
D1 Human Behavior: met in the major
D2 Comparative Systems
D3 Social Issues
E Human Understanding: met in major
F1-F3 American Institutions: may meet D2 and D3
Phys Ed (2 activities)
Advanced General Education: SJSU Studies
Area S: may be met in the major
Area Z: met in major
A total of 120 units is required to graduate.
All students, including those transferring from a community college, should attend a new student orientation and also review the advisement tutorial on this website.
Students can link to the SJSU Articulation Agreement to find out about current equivalent courses at specific community colleges. General advisement information is 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.