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Program Requirements

The CHAD major requires the successful completion of 48 units of study and students must earn a C or better in all courses.  Students should consult the majors worksheet for a list of the courses required to complete the CHAD major.

Notification of the need for a Background Check to complete the CHAD major: The CHAD 496 Observation and Assessment Lab, taught at the Center for Children and Families (CCF), is a required course for CHAD majors. A student's inability to pass a background check (requiring a social security number and fingerprinting), a TB test, and meet other immunization requirements prior to taking the course will be prevented from completing the required course, CHAD 496 and, therefore, render them ineligible for the CHAD degree. Additionally, students whose background checks trigger rejection by the CCF or another internship site (if applicable) will be removed from the program via CSUSM's Undergraduate Probation, Disqualification, and Reinstatement Policy (see sections III C and VII B).

Students must have completed and passed the background check and TB test at least three weeks prior to the start of the semester in which they are enrolled in CHAD 496.

Students who opt to complete CHAD 450 Practicum, PSYC 495 Field Study, PSYC 499 Independent Research, or EDUC 380/HD 380 to satisfy their Cluster E requirement must have completed and passed the background check at least three weeks prior to the start of the semester in which they are enrolled for the course.

Students who know they cannot pass the background check should consult with the CHAD Program Director (sbufferd@csusm.edu) to discuss the options for another major.