BA in Child and Adolescent Development (Educational Contexts)

Units required for Major: 47-48
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.

The Child and Adolescent Development 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. 

Students 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 early care, preschool, elementary school, and special education, and/or for advanced degree and professional programs. Depending on the career trajectory chosen, additional professional training and/or exams may be required (e.g., Child Development Permit, Teaching Credential, CBEST, CSET).

Program Requirements

Required Foundation Courses (12 Units)
CHAD 35Child and Adolescent Development 13
CHAD 101Career and Major Exploration in Child and Adolescent Development1
CHAD 123Qualitative Methods in Human Development 24
CHAD 133Quantitative Methods in Human Development 24
Required Upper Division 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 (17-18 Units)
CHAD 35FHuman Development and Elementary Field Experience3
CHAD 136Developmental Experiences, Methods and Curriculum3
CHAD 150A3
Concentration specialization requirements (choose one of the specialization sets of 8-9 units)8 - 9
Total Units47-48

Specialization options 

Choose only one specialization to complete your major8 - 9
Elementary school or special education settings
Educating Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings
Educating Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings Lab
EDUC 170Bilingual Education: Introduction to Educating English Learners3
PUBH 136School Health Education 12 - 3
or KINS 172 Movement Education
Early education settings
CHAD 23Assessment and Observation in Child Development3
CHAD 157Infant and Toddler: Development and Care3
Choose one early childhood education elective 23

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 Concepts0 - 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