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The Department of Child & Adolescent Development (ChAD) does not offer general advisement before students are actually enrolled at SJSU and also declared ChAD majors. All advisement occurs during the fall and spring semesters. During the semester breaks and during the summer only limited advisement is available to students who have immediate problems to be resolved.

Plan to see a ChAD advisor a week or two after you begin your first semester, but certainly before the end of your first year at SJSU. When you are enrolled, follow the instructions to prepare for an advisement appointment. Dates, times, and instructions for these appointments are posted in the self-serve appointment binder  located in the department office (SH 201).

To help you decide what to enroll in for your first semester read about the different degree options in ChAD. Be sure to read about the NEW degree option under Plan B.  There are some differences in the required courses for each of the options.

If you need specific information about what to enroll in for your first semester before you can see an advisor, read below.

Advice for First-Semester Freshmen

In your first semester as a freshman, we urge you to select Core General Education classes (see the University catalog or the schedule of classes for specific course options). If your career goal is to become an elementary school teacher, see the list of required General Education courses for Plan A on the department website.

If you want to begin taking courses in the major, consider:

  • ChAD 60
  • ChAD 67 or ChAD 70 (preferred)
  • PSYC 1
  •  SOCS 15 or STAT 95 or equivalent
  • MATH 12 (for students who will follow Plan A)


Advice for First-Semester Transfer Students, Any Level

In your first semester, we urge you to select Advanced General Education courses (see the university catalog or the schedule of classes for specific information) and to complete any core (lower division) General Education requirements that you have not already finished. For the ChAD major, we suggest that you:

Check to see that you have completed the equivalent of the following courses at your community college in the SJSU Student Information Website. If you have not taken these courses, be sure to enroll in them during your first semester at SJSU.

  • ChAD 60
  • ChAD 67 or ChAD 70 (preferred)
  • PSYC 1
  •  SOCS 15 or STAT 95 or equivalent
  • MATH 12 (for students who will follow Plan A)

Begin taking upper division requirements in the major, consider:

  • ChAD 100W (if you have passed the WST)
  • ChAD 101
  • ChAD 162 or ChAD164
  • ChAD 163 or ChAD 173
  • ChAD 168
  • ChAD 169
  • ChAD 170
  • CA 177, PSYC 117, SOCI 177, HRPF 135*, KIN 169*, or NuFS 114B
  • ANTH 153, EDSE 102, EDSE 104, LING 129*, PSYCH 142, JS 136*, JS 152, or SOCI 151

    * Meets SJSU Studies Area S.

If you are a Plan A student, in addition to the above, consider:

  • ChAD 149
  • ChAD 150
  • CHAD 151
  • ENGL 112A
  • ENGL 103 or LLD 107
  • Math 105 (if you have completed the equivalent of Math 12)
  • SCI 110 or ENVS 158
  • CA 177
  • SOCS 137
  • SOCS 138 (if you have passed the WST)
  • HIST 139 (if you have passed the WST)
  • GEOL 103 (if you have passed the WST)