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Child and Adolescent Development (CHAD)

Child and Adolescent Development (CHAD)

Program Description

The Child and Adolescent Development (CHAD) major focuses on the developmental processes that occur from conception through the end of adolescence. Students gain a comprehensive overview of typical and atypical development through exploration of empirically derived milestones across biological, cognitive, and psychosocial developmental domains. Course topics focus on developmental trajectories, theories, developmental research methods, ethics, and contexts of development. Throughout the curriculum, special emphasis is placed on the interaction of the individual and environment in the unfolding of development. Students acquire knowledge through exposure to relevant scientific literature, research projects, observations, and fieldwork. The curriculum provides students with a variety of tools to acquire, communicate, and disseminate information so that they may develop a lifelong pursuit of developmental inquiry. Graduates receive an excellent foundation for subsequent careers working with children and adolescents in various fields including research, education, health care, public policy and advocacy, the law, and counseling. 

Career Opportunities

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.

Announcements and Important Information:

General Information for CHAD students can be found in our Handbook.

All CHAD majors MUST acknowledge the background check and other requirements for the major online on my.csusm. Students who do not click that they accept will still be held responsible for the requirements. 

Completing a background check, TB test, and submitting proof of MMR, Tdap, and flu immunization or declination is required to take CHAD 496 Observation and Assessment Lab. The due date is typically 6 weeks prior to the start of the semester, and the specific date will be posted on our website. For students taking CHAD 496 in Fall 2024, the deadline is Friday, June 21st, 2024. You must submit copies of the required paperwork to the Center for Children and Families (CCF) by that date - no exceptions are made. Students who fail to complete these requirements by the deadline will be disenrolled from the CHAD 496 course that semester. The Paperwork Submission Window for CHAD 496 in the Spring 2024 is: Monday, May 13th, 2024 to Friday, June 21st, 2024. Please note the CCF is closed on Memorial Day (May 27) and Juneteenth (June 19th).

Zoom Recording of CHAD 496 Requirements Info Session on 4/30/24

CHAD 496 Requirements Info Session Powerpoint

Please consult the CHAD majors worksheet for the list of PSYC and CHAD courses you must take to complete the major. 

CHAD Quick reference poster of Information for CHAD Majors