ChAD Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

BA, Child and Adolescent Development with a Preparation for Teaching (Plan A)

  • Foundation in child & adolescent development and subject matter commonly taught in K-8 schools.  Designed for students interested in earning a teaching credential.

BA, Child and Adolescent Development - Early Childhood Focus (Plan B1)

  • Foundation in child & adolescent development.  This pathway emphasizes early care and education and is designed for students interested in careers working in childcare or in agencies serving children and families. This degree program also prepares students for graduate study in child and adolescent development or for the social sciences in general.

BA, Child and Adolescent Development - Community Focus (Plan B2)

  • Foundation in child & adolescent development.  This pathway is designed for students whose interests are in working with children and families in community settings. This degree program also prepares students for graduate study in child and adolescent development or for the social sciences in general.

Graduate Program

MA, Child and Adolescent Development

  • The masters program in Child and Adolescent Development (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.

Minor Programs

Minor, Child and Adolescent Development

  • The courses for the minor in Child & Adolescent Development offer a range of opportunities to examine the course of human development with special emphasis on the period from infancy through adolescence. The minor is particularly appropriate for students planning to enter the fields of education, social welfare, nursing, child care, and other human services professions.

Minor, Atypical Child Studies

  • The courses for this minor in Atypical Child Studies provide a solid foundation in both normative and atypical early childhood development. The minor is particularly beneficial for students who plan to pursue careers in a number of branches of the social and life sciences, education, medicine and other human services professions focusing on atypical infants/children and their families.

Honors Program

Departmental Honors Program

  • Students may apply for the departmental Honors Program in Child and Adolescent Development if they meet the following criteria: completion of 9 units of upper division child development course work with a minimum GPA of 3.5, and completion of CHAD 101 or STAT 95 (or equivalent) with a grade of "A-" or better. Students who meet the entrance criteria will be awarded departmental honors by showing evidence of distinguished scholarly work as indicated by completion of a BA honors thesis (CHAD 199: Honors Thesis) or work leading to a published paper or presentation at a professional meeting, and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in all upper division child development courses.