Become an Advocate for Children, Youth, and Families!

ChAD students working in preschool

At the SJSU Lurie College of Education Department of Child and Adolescent Development (ChAD), our programs and faculty provide students with a well-rounded curriculum that incorporates theory, research, policy, and practice. As a result, our students develop an extensive command of various theories and milestones of human development, an awareness of effects of different child-rearing practices or conditions on the fulfillment of development promise, and much more.

Our students become strong advocates for their communities and transition into several career pathways such as early childhood education, K-12 education, non-profit advocacy, research and policy.

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ChAD Announcements

Lurie College and SJSU Announcements

  • 2020-2021 Impact Report - As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, our SJSU Lurie College of Education is positioned to lead. Read about the impact of our students, faculty, programs, and more from the past year.
  • 2022 U.S. News and World Report Rankings - Lurie College moved up 33 spots in this year's rankings of Best Education Schools and is #2 among universities in the Cal State system, #4 among universities in the Bay Area, and #14 among universities in California.
  • Financial Aid Opportunities - Visit this page to learn about the numerous scholarship and grant opportunities available through the college. The application process for scholarships takes place each spring semester.

Student and Faculty Spotlights

Recent alumni Kristen Huey, Kristina Smith, and George Franco, along with Dr. Ellen Middaugh, were featured on the Visions of Education podcast to discuss the research project they are involved in, which centers around young people's engagement with news through social media.

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Dina Izenstark

Dr. Dina Izenstark was quoted in the National Geographic article “Want better talks with your kids? Take them outside.”

“Nature restores people’s ability to pay attention to conversations and reduces their mental fatigue,” says Dina Izenstark, associate professor of child and adolescent development at San José State University and one of the authors of the 2021 study. “This can help family members communicate more effectively and get along better with one another.”

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