Plan B (2 options)

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.

Two Paths Through Plan B

There are 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 teacher credential program after graduation; however, Plan B graduates often do apply to and are accepted into multiple subject credential programs.

These two paths have some course requirements in common and some are unique to an Early Childhood Education or to a Community focus. See the Plan B advisement form for the major requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

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.

Coursework Requirements:

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 -- required for both paths through Plan B

ChAD or LLD 100W (SJSU Studies Area Z)*
ChAD 101*
ChAD 162 or 164
ChAD 165
ChAD 168
ChAD 169
ChAD 170
ChAD 195 (last semester, senior year)

Select a path through Plan B

Plan B Option 1:  Early Childhood Focus
ChAD 150
ChAD 152 (prerequisite for ChAD 161)
ChAD 160 (last semester, senior year)
ChAD 161 
ChAD 173

Plan B Option 2:  Community Focus
ChAD 104
ChAD 157
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

*  Try to complete these two courses in the first semester of your junior year.
** Also 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
C1 Arts
C2 Letters
Additional C1 or C2 course
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 R
Area S:  may be met in the major
Area V
Area Z: met in major

A total of 120 units is required to graduate.

Additional Information

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 about advisement in the advising section of this website.