Child & Adolescent Development

Through a social justice lens, the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) provides broad undergraduate preparation for students interested in early care and learning, elementary education, special education, and a variety of social service careers.

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Key Facts



BA (Hons) Child & Adolescent Development

Degree Duration

4 Years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Pathways Available

International Year One


Start Dates

Degree Overview

The major supports and engages students as they gain knowledge about children, youth, and their families from a developmental perspective and prepares them to serve in school and community settings. All of our concentrations prepare students for advanced study in various disciplines. Students choose courses in their concentration to prepare for post-graduate studies in fields such as education, law, child life, medicine, psychology, social work, recreation, counseling, and physical therapy.

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  • You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

Youth Work and Out of School Time: Prepares students to work in out-of-school time programs such as after-school programs, social service agencies, juvenile justice, recreation, residential treatment facilities for school-age children and youth, or other community-based programs for children and youth.

School Age Child and Family: Prepares students who wish to become elementary school teachers and plan to enroll in a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential Program after graduation.

Early Childhood: Prepares students to work in a variety of settings from social service agencies to preschools, serving children to birth to five-years-old and their families. This concentration is recommended for students who wish to meet requirements for the Child Development Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Your Pathways

The International Year One is the perfect pathway if you want a undergraduate degree from a UK, EU or US University but do not meet the requirements for direct entry.

The IY1 course provides an intensive combination of first year University subject modules with English language skills.

Following successful completion of the IY1 you will continue onto your second year degree study directly with the University of your choice.

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San Francisco State University

Founded in 1889, SF State offers world-class academics, a diverse campus and an incredible location for students.

With around 27,000 students from all over the globe, international students find SF State a truly welcoming community and diverse place to live in.

SF State has been included in the Top 20 colleges nationwide for best location. It was also rated one of the most diverse colleges in America, according to Wall Street Journal’s 2022 College Rankings.