ChAD Graduationchad-preschoolchad-studentsDr. Maria Fusaro - New Tenured Faculty


Welcome to ChAD!

Our programs in Child and Adolescent Development provide a well-rounded curriculum that incorporates theory, research, policy, and practice. The course of study includes: a command of various theories and milestones of human development; an appreciation of the influences of parents, peers, teachers, social institutions, and other socializing agents on all domains of development throughout childhood and adolescence; an appreciation of the importance of issues of equity including the special considerations relevant to cultural and ethnic diversity; an awareness of effects of different child-rearing practices or conditions on the fulfillment of development promise (e.g., parenting styles, day care, divorce, child abuse); and understanding of individual differences (e.g., learning styles, differing abilities) and how to accommodate them; and a sensitivity to the commonalties and diversities in people of all ages.

Advisement Appointments

Graduate students are encouraged to meet with the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Nadia Sorkhabi. Please email her at to request for an appointment. Undegraduate students are encouraged to schedule an advising appointment at least once a semester via Spartan Connect. Please follow the on-screen instructions to schedule an appointment in LCOE Faculty Office SH 216 for ChAD Advising. These appointments are available from the first week of classes through the last week of instruction in the fall and spring semesters. 

Get Advising

If you need advisement assistance during the breaks between semesters or over the summer, go to (SH 201) or call the department office (408) 924-3718.

Part-Time Faculty Employment

The Department of Child & Adolescent Development (ChAD) at San Jose State University is often seeking qualified lecturers to teach ChAD courses during the fall and spring semesters.  We are particularly interested in staffing the following courses:  Contemporary Parenting, Risk and Resilience; Social and Emotional Development; Child and Adolescent Motivation; and Contextual Influences on Cognitive Development.  See the SJSU catalog for brief descriptions of these courses (see catalog descriptions). 

If you hold an MA, Ph.D., or Ed.D. in Child Development, Psychology, Education, or a related field, email your CV along with a note indicating which of the courses we offer you are prepared to teach to Emily Slusser, Department Chair at