CHAD Job Opportunities
Many employers in San Diego County are interested in hiring students with a background in Child and Adolescent Development.
If you are a student and you would like to find out about job opportunities, please visit the CougarJOBS website and see job advertisments in the Cougar Chronicle. To find out about internship opportunities in our local community and abroad, please visit the Office of Internships.
What career paths can I pursue with a CHAD degree?
The Child and Adolescent Development major provides an excellent preparation for careers in developmentally related public organizations, teaching institutions, service agencies, and mental and physical health facilities. Our undergraduate program provides appropriate background for graduate training in developmental psychology, including experimental, applied, and clinical programs. Coursework in CHAD is also relevant to graduate training in counseling, teaching, medicine, law, child advocacy, and public policy relating to children and adolescents.
At CSUSM you can meet with specialized faculty advisors that can guide you through the right path and help you pursue your career goals. We also recommend students meet with a Career Advisor to discuss employment opportunities, career options, resume writing, personal statements, etc.
See the following posts for more information about potential careers:
- What Can I Do With This Major? Areas of employment, employers, strategies
- CSU Fullerton Career Ideas for Child and Adolescent Development majors
- CSU Northridge Career Pathways in Child and Adolescent Development
- Palomar College Child Development Career Paths
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Information about jobs working with children and adolescents
Career interviews with Psychology & CHAD Professionals
Here are a series of informative interviews with individuals working in a variety of CHAD-related fields, conducted by CSUSM Professor, Dr. Sofia Jimenez!
If you've ever wondered what you can do with a Psychology of Developmental major, these videos provide insight into several career options. I ask Professionals questions like what their day-to-day looks like, what their career trajectory looked like, why they chose the field, and what their favorite and (importantly!) least favorite parts of their job are. These interviews provide practical information, advice, and maybe even inspiration to undergraduate students searching for a career path.
- Special Education
- First Grade Teacher
- School Counselor
- School Psychologist
- Speech Language Pathologist
- Psychology Professor
Clinical or Therapeutic Setting
- Adoloescent Clinical Psychologist
- Social Workers
- Behavioral Therapist/Resource Specialist
- NICU Nurse
- Clinical Psychologist, University
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
- Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Industry or Non-Profit
- Child Media Specialist
- Project Manager at Amazon
- Program Manager at Alzheimer's Association
- Non-Profit Homeless Education
The Spring 2023 CHAD Career Panel featured professionals working with children and adolescents in educational, health, and community settings. Learn about the following careers and training: School Psychologist (Education Specialist; Ed.S.), Social Worker (Master of Social Work; MSW), Child Life Specialist (Master of Science in Child Life), and Marriage and Family Therapist (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy; LMFT).
Here is a career panel with individuals working in a variety of CHAD-related jobs, including elementary school teacher, middle school teacher, social worker, and ECE director, conducted by CSUSM Professor, Dr. Janice Phung!
Can I use my CHAD degree to pursue a career in teaching?
Yes. Students who wish to get a teaching credential may major in any discipline as an undergraduate. Different credentials have different requirements. Please consult with advisors in the School of Education for more information. Students who wish to teach Transitional Kindergarten (TK) may qualify for the stipend incentive program.
Can I get my Early Childhood Education Certificate (ECE) at CSUSM?
Although our preparation course for the major (lower division) satisfies some requirements of ECE certificates, CSUSM does not offer all of the courses required of these certificates. Community Colleges (e.g., Palomar and Mira Costa) offer the courses required for the certificates. Students should contact the local community colleges for more information.
The exception is a Child Development Assistant Permit, which needs only 6 units of ECE courses—this requirement would be satisfied with PSYC 210 and PSYC 215 (two of the required lowerdivision courses). Students who wish to obtain this permist should contact the State Commission on Teaching Credentialing.
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