Child and Adolescent Development: Concentration in Early Childhood

Major department advisors answered a few questions to assist you with your first-semester class selection. 

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? Must be upper-division with 60-units completed by start of semester admitted; should take CAD 210, 260, and ENG 214 since they are prerequisites to all the upper division core courses; select one of three concentrations; meet complementary studies requirement by virtue of being in the major.
When should I first meet with my major department? We encourage all new majors to come to advising as soon as your first semester begins.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? We do not assign students to a major advisor.  Students can see whomever they want of the Tenured and/or Tenure-Track faculty.  Students can come to the dept office (SCI 394) to set up an appointment or can call (405-3564) or email the office at cad@sfsu.edu.
Where can I find information about major advising?

cad.sfsu.edu

The advising link is in the left column.  We list faculty advisors’ schedules each semester and also have advising worksheets available for students to down load.

Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? None.
What should I do if my major core and/or prequisite courses are full? You can begin to take classes in your concentration.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? Review the CAD website which can answer many of their questions.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major? CAD 410 Applied Child and Youth Development is the first course students should take.  We are offering two sections in the fall since the course fills quickly.  We most likely will offer two sections every fall and one section in the spring. 
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major?

CAD 210 with grade of C or better

CAD 260 with grade of C or better

ENG 214 with grade of C- or better

Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? None.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?

Yes. Early Childhood Education (ECE) (AS-T)

[Click here for ADT Roadmap]

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

CAD 120 if in CAD Metro – E1, C2; AERM, GP, SJ

CAD 210 – D1

CAD 260 – E1, D1; AERM, GP, SJ

CAD 215 if in Early Childhood concentration

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

We offer only one section of each of these courses: CAD 210 Intro to Applied Child and Adolescent Development and CAD 260 Children, Families, and Community and they tend to fill quickly.  Students can take the equivalent courses at local community colleges. They can check assist.org

For the Early Childhood concentration, they can also take CAD 215 Foundations in Early Childhood at a community college.  At CCSF it is called Orientation to Early Childhood and at other CCs it is called Foundations.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major? None.

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