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San Francisco State University
Child and Adolescent Development B.A. Conc. in Policy, Advocacy, and Systems

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) is for students who are interested in studying about and working with children, adolescents, and their families. The major provides students with knowledge and theories about children and adolescents from a developmental perspective. Students then learn to apply this knowledge to programs, services and policies for children, youth, and families that are offered in community settings. The core courses address theories of child and adolescent development, diverse families in a globalized context, and research methods. In addition to taking core courses, CAD majors select one of four specialized concentrations that reflects their specific interests. Those concentrations are: 1) Early Childhood; 2) School Age Child and Family; 3) Youth Work and Out of School Time; and 4) Policy, Advocacy, and Systems.

CAD works with the Marian Wright Edelman Institute for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families. The Edelman Institute`s mission is to further educational excellence through its association with the child and adolescent development curriculum; promote collaboration among faculty; create public outreach, social advocacy, and other partnerships between SF State and the community; and to foster research and scholarly work in the area of children, youth, and families.

The major is designed to meet the educational and career needs of students with a variety of interests. Students who wish to complete a bachelor`s degree as well as a Child Development Permit for work as a licensed child care provider in a preschool or child care center will choose the Early Childhood concentration. Students who wish to teach in elementary schools will choose the School Age Child and Family concentration, which provides not only subject matter knowledge but a child development foundation as well. This concentration is excellent preparation for a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program. Others who wish to work in out-of-school time programs such as after-school programs, probation, recreation, residential treatment facilities for school-age children and youth, or other community-based programs for children and youth will choose specialized study in the Youth Work and Out of School Time concentration. Finally, students who wish to work in research or policy fields for children, youth, and families will select the Policy, Advocacy, and Systems concentration. All concentrations prepare students for advanced study in disciplines such as law, medicine, psychology, social work, recreation, counseling, or physical therapy.

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