Steps to Completion of the Masters Degree in ChAD

The masters program in ChAD provides students a comprehensive blend of theory and real-world application. ChAD faculty have expertise in social/emotional/cognitive development, linguistics, early childhood education, education, social policy, and diversity. Our program goals are to provide MA candidates with an academic background that will enhance their understanding of child and youth issues and that can be applied to their occupational positions and advance their careers. The program is designed for professionals who work in a wide range of child- and youth-oriented fields. In addition, the MA in ChAD can prepare students to:

teach at community colleges in Child Development and ECE programs,

obtain positions dealing with research, intervention, prevention, and social policy relevant to child and adolescent development, and

continue on to advanced study leading to a doctorate in child and/or adolescent development.

Steps to the Masters Degree

The Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluation (GAPE) website has a wealth of information. The information for admitted students on the GAPE site is also helpful.

1. Application process:

Check the GAPE website for application deadlines. The applications process consists of two parts, one submitted to GAPE and the other directly to ChAD.

GAPE application:

  • Domestic and international applicants should follow the instructions listed on Prospective Students page of the GAPE site.

Department of Child & Adolescent Development (ChAD) application materials to be sent directly to the department:

  • An application [pdf] and a one- to two-page statement of educational and professional background and professional goals.
  • A copy (photocopies are fine) of your transcripts directly to the Department of Child & Adolescent Development. Note that these transcripts are in addition to those required by GAPE.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Current scores are preferred; however, reports up to five years old will be accepted. If you plan to take the GRE but will not have the scores by the application deadline, please indicate your scheduled test date on the application and forward a copy of the scores no later than June 15th.
  • The faculty use GRE scores along with all other application materials to make decisions about acceptance into the program.  There is no set minimum required score.
  • Three letters of recommendation from current or former professors and/or employers who can describe your ability to successfully pursue an advanced academic degree.

Application materials for the department should be sent to:

Graduate Program Coordinator
Child & Adolescent Development
One Washington Square
San José State University
San Jose, CA. 95192-0075

2. Admission

The minimum admissions requirements for the MA program:

  • A baccalaureate from an approved institution. Preferences are given to applicants with a background in Child & Adolescent Development or related field (e.g., Psychology, Sociology, Education, Social Work, Nursing).
  • A minimum 3.0 overall grade point average. In computing the grade point average for admission to graduate school, we use the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units. All colleges and universities attended are considered in the calculations beginning with the most recent and going backwards semester by semester. We calculate all courses in a semester if the 60th semester unit or 90th quarter units falls in a semester. (ex: we might calculate 65 units instead of 60 to complete the semester).
  • Acceptable scores on the GRE. Please note, we do not set a particular score. GRE scores are evaluated in the context of the other application materials (e.g., GPA, professional statement, letters of recommendation).
  • Applicants will receive a letter from the Department of Child & Adolescent Development regarding their status (i.e., acceptance) by July 1. Applicants also will receive a letter from GAPE regarding their status after the department has made its decision. The letter from GAPE will provide information about how to register for classes.

3. Coursework

30-unit course of study includes:

ChAD 260A* Seminar in ChAD and Research
ChAD 260B Capstone Seminar in ChAD
ChAD 262 Multi-Cultural Issues in ChAD
ChAD 266 Social Policy Issues in American Childhood and Youth
ChAD 268 Seminar in Social and Emotional Development
ChAD 270 Seminar in Cognitive and Language Development
ChAD 298 Special Study (To be taken concurrently with 260B)
Three electives from the department-approved list** (9 units)

Total Units 30

*Meets the Graduate Studies writing requirement. Must be taken in the first semester of enrollment.

**Electives may be taken at any time during the MA program. In rare circumstances, MA candidates may petition to take an elective not on the list. Candidates should submit a written statement to the Graduate Program Coordinator indicating what course is requested and a justification for why the course and not one of the pre-approved electives is necessary.

4. Admission to candidacy

During the semester that the first nine units of course work will be completed, the MA candidate will need to submit a Departmental Request for Candidacy form [pdf]. This form must be signed by the ChAD Graduate Program Coordinator and submitted to GAPE by the appropriate deadline. Check the deadline for submitting the Request for Candidacy form. Any changes made in the program degree academic plan as listed on the Request for Candidacy form need to be requested using the course substitution form [pdf]. This form must be signed by the ChAD Graduate Program Coordinator prior to submission to GAPE.

5. Application for graduation

Complete the Application for Award of Master's Degree form and send it directly to GAPE. Be sure to check the deadline for submitting the graduation application form.

6. Verfication of culminating experience

When ChAD 260B and ChAD 298 are successfully completed, confirm with the course instructor that a verification of culminating experience form will be submitted to GAPE