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 (PLOs)

Students who complete a ChAD BA should be able to:

Define and understand basic elements of the four domains of development and draw on multiple perspectives to understand the interrelationships among these domains.

Describe and evaluate different contextual perspectives that affect the growth and socialization experiences of children and adolescents.

Identify and describe recognized ways to apply research, theory and problem-solving skills to address social policy, education, intervention, and practical situations.

Differentiate between sources of information (research, professional, and popular) and evaluate the credibility and validity of each type of information source.

Identify and describe key developmental questions in our field and define methods to investigate these questions.

Demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills in fieldwork settings that exemplifies professional behavior designed to best facilitate the development of children and adolescents. 

Demonstrate understanding of effective advocacy and describe ethical issues present in our field and how these issues inform advocates’ decision-making.


Listed below are the courses that meet requirements for :

  • ChAD major
  • Core general education
  • SJSU Studies (advanced general education)
  • Graduation
  • University subject matter 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

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 a cultural or geographic scope
Additional C1 or C2 course
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 activity courses)

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.
*** MATH 12 is the prerequisite for MATH 105, a requirement for Plan A.
****Try to complete these two courses in the first semester of your junior year.

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 tutorialon 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.