BA in Child and Adolescent Development (Educational Contexts)

Units required for Major: 48-49
Total units required for BA: 120

Program Description

Child and Adolescent Development is the study of the biological, physical, socio-emotional, and cognitive growth and development of the child from conception through emerging adulthood. Using theory, empirical research, and practice, this rigorous academic program prepares students to work as agents of social change with diverse populations of children, adolescents, emerging adults, and families in a variety of areas, including education, advocacy, research, policy, counseling, and/or other settings.

Students earning the BA in Child and Adolescent Development with a concentration in Educational Contexts will be able to utilize developmental research and theory in their teaching practices to support student learning in various educational contexts. This concentration is appropriate for students interested in working with individuals from birth to emerging adulthood, including elementary school and special education and/or preparation for advanced degree and professional programs. 

This concentration in Educational Contexts seeks to prepare students to understand and apply developmental perspectives and engage in ethical and reflective practices within the educational context. Recognizing that a developmental perspective is essential to effective teaching, the concentration prepares students to consider the diverse physical, cognitive, cultural, linguistic, behavioral, social, and emotional needs of children and their families in the teaching and learning process. Depending on the career trajectory chosen, additional professional training and/or exams may be required (e.g., Teaching Credential, Subject Matter Requirements).

A grade of "C-" or higher is required for all coursework in the Child and Adolescent Development major.

Program Requirements

Required Foundation Courses (10 Units)
CHAD 101Career and Major Exploration in Child and Adolescent Development2
CHAD 123Qualitative Methods in Human Development 14
CHAD 133Quantitative Methods in Human Development 24
Required Core Courses (18 Units)
CHAD 131Language Development3
CHAD 135Culture and Human Development3
CHAD 137Cognitive Development3
CHAD 138Social and Emotional Development3
CHAD 156Child and Adolescent Development in Context3
CHAD 190Capstone in Child and Adolescent Development3
Required concentration courses (20-21 Units)
CHAD 35Child and Adolescent Development 23
CHAD 35FHuman Development and Elementary Field Experience3
or CHAD 35E Human Development and Early Childhood Field Experience
CHAD 136Developmental Experiences, Methods and Curriculum3
CHAD 150Early Literacy Development in First and Second Language3
EDUC 100AEducating Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings2
EDUC 100BEducating Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings Lab1
EDUC 170Introduction to Bilingual Education: Policies, Principles, Programs, and Practices3
Education Elective: Choose from list2 - 3
Total Units48-49
ART 133Art Education for Children3
CHAD 141History of Childhood: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives3
CHAD 142Development of Learning and Memory3
CHAD 143Mind and Brain in Developmental Context3
CHAD 145Controversial Issues in Childhood Development, Education, and Social Policy 3
CHAD 147Influences of Public Policy on Children & Adolescents3
CHAD 157Infant and Toddler: Development and Care3
CHAD 172Identity Development3
EDUC 120Literature For Children3
EDUC 121Multicultural Children's Literature 3
EDUC 124ATutoring Children in Mathematics2
EDUC 125ATutoring Children in Reading2
EDUC 127AField Experience in After School STEM Programs2
EDUC 158Latinas/os/x in Education 3
EDUC 160Urban Education 3
EDUC 165Sex Role Stereotyping in American Education 3
EDUC 169Cross-Cultural Bridges: A Humanist Approach to Education3
EDUC 172Introduction to Hmong Literacy3
EDUC 173Hmong History and Culture3
EDUC 175APedagogy and Academic Language Skills in Spanish for Bilingual Educators (Multiple Subjects)3
EDSP 101
EDSP 119Legal and Social Foundations of Inclusive Education3
KINS 172Movement Education3
PUBH 136School Health Education2

Specialization options 

General Education Requirements1

Area A: Basic Subjects (9 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication3
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking3
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (7-13 Units)
B1 - Physical Science3
B2 - Life Forms3
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5)1
B4 - Math Concepts 70 - 3
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements. 20 - 3
Area C: Arts and Humanities (9-12 Units) 3
C1 - Arts 43
C2 - Humanities3
C1/C2 - Area C Course 53
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements. 50 - 3
Area D: The Individual and Society (3-6 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course0
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.0 - 3
Area E: Understanding Personal Development
Area E Course 60
Area F: Ethnic Studies (3 Units)
Area F Course3
Total Units31-43

Graduation Requirements1

Graduation Requirements (required by CSU) (3-9 Units)
American Institutions: U.S. History0 - 3
American Institutions: U.S. Constitution & CA Government3
Writing Intensive (WI)0 - 3
Graduation Requirements (required by Sacramento State) (9 Units)
English Composition II3
Race and Ethnicity in American Society (RE)0
Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement6