Admission to ChAD Minor Programs

Minor in 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.

To declare your minor as a student with more than 90 units completed, please complete the Change of Major/Minor Form and email it to childdev@sjsu.edu with the required documents (personal statement and copy of unofficial transcripts). You will receive a confirmation email within 5-7 business days. 

To declare your minor as a student with less than 90 units completed, please complete the Change of Minor Google Form. This will be routed and processed internally by the department. You will receive a confirmation email within 5-7 business days.


University Graduation Requirements

To be awarded a minor, at least 12 units of coursework must be completely distinct and separate from the coursework in the major (University Policy S16-4).


Course Requirements        

Requirements of the Minor 15
Core Courses     6
CHAD 060. Child Development E  3  
CHAD 070. Lifespan Development in the 21st Century E  3   
Elective Courses     9
Complete three (3) courses from the following:
CHAD 104. Program Evaluation and Assessment in Community-Based Programs    3  
CHAD 150.* Development of Communicative Competence    3  
CHAD 151.* Developing Literacy in a Diverse Society    3   
CHAD 157. Adult Supervision for Programs Serving Children, Youth, and Families    3    
CHAD 161.* Administration of Early Childhood Programs    3   
CHAD 162.* Childhood and Adolescence in a Multicultural Society    3    
CHAD 163. Critical Issues in Adolescent Development    3   
CHAD 164.* Contemporary Parenting    3    
CHAD 165. Risk and Resilience in a Community Context    3   
CHAD 168.* Social and Emotional Development in Childhood and Adolescence    3   
CHAD 169.* Motivating Children and Adolescents in Educational Settings    3   
CHAD 170.* Contextual Influences on Cognitive Development    3   
CHAD 173.* Critical Issues in Infant/Toddler Development    3   

Total Units: 15

 *Fulfills requirements toward a CA Child Development permit.

Minor in Atypical Child Studies

The courses for this minor 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. 

To declare your minor as a student with more than 90 units completed, please complete the Change of Major/Minor Form and email it to childdev@sjsu.edu with the required documents (personal statement and copy of unofficial transcripts). You will receive a confirmation email within 5-7 business days. 

To declare your minor as a student with less than 90 units completed, please complete the Change of Minor Google Form. This will be routed and processed internally by the department. You will receive a confirmation email within 5-7 business days.

University Graduation Requirements

To be awarded a minor, at least 12 units of coursework must be completely distinct and separate from the coursework in the major (University Policy S16-4).


Course Requirements        

Requirements of the Minor      15
Core Courses    9
CHAD 060. Child Development        E  3
EDSE 104.* Atypical Development in Young Children    3
EDSE 108.* Assessment and Evaluation: Atypical Young Children    3
Elective Courses    6
Complete two (2) courses from the following:
CHAD 161.* Administration of Early Childhood Programs    3
CHAD 164.* Contemporary Parenting    3
CHAD 168.* Social and Emotional Development in Childhood and Adolescence    3
EDSE 102. Speech, Language & Typical, Atypical Development        S  3

Total Units:      15

 *Fulfills requirements toward a CA Child Development permit.