Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development

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Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development
Concentration in Early Development , Care and Education


The Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development (CHAD) – Concentration in Early Development, Care and Education degree completion program is a long-time collaboration between the College of Education, the College of Continuing Education, and local early child education (ECE) organizations.  

The program was developed in response to the critical shortage of well-qualified teachers and administrators working in ECE settings. The ECE workforce shortage has come about partly because California has begun making changes, more in line with other states and countries, towards requiring a bachelor’s degree to be a teacher or administrator in programs serving infants, toddlers and young children. 


  • Cohort-based learning
    The cohort system provides the framework and network needed to complete a bachelor’s degree within a specific time frame.
  • Guaranteed classes
    Since the program is a cohort model, the classes are made specifically for the cohort students.
  • Convenient class times and online learning
    Classes are always held in the evenings to cater to the working student. Synchronous online course meetings are provide student with curriculum designed to advance the early childhood profession.
  • Personalized student services
    Don’t navigate the CSU system alone! We provide a variety of student services including transcript evaluations, admission assistance, financial aid guidance, degree completion advising, and graduation advising.


The program is ideal for those who:

  • have attended a community college, and
  • are transfer eligible to a four-year university

Not sure if you are transfer eligible? We will let you know and create an educational plan for you!


The CHAD program is based on a collaborative online community model that offers campus faculty recorded lectures and synchronous web-based delivery of cohort discussions by a cohort instructor.

Course content is video-streamed from a studio classroom on the main campus, covering the same upper-division classes that are currently required of Child and Adolescent Development majors. 

The video-streamed content will be viewed by the cohort students in a group setting, and follow-up discussions will be facilitated by a Cohort Instructor. 

The cohort instructor collaborates with the Child and Adolescent Development instructional faculty on the main campus to ensure full academic support for students in the distance-education degree program.

Students will take 2-3 courses a semester for eight (8) semesters including fall, spring and summer, finishing in three years.

Student Success Story
Kerstin Morell

Kerstin Morell
Bachelor of Arts in Child Development

Obtaining a bachelor’s degree was a long-term goal for Kerstin Morell. In May 2019, she accomplished this goal by receiving her Bachelor of Arts in our Child Development: Early Development, Care and Education degree completion program. 

Course Listing

Child and Adolescent Development Courses

All fees subject to change.