Child and Adolescent Development, A.A.-T

The Associate in Arts in Child and Adolescent Development for Transfer degree is designed to fulfill the undergraduate requirements for students planning to major or minor in child and adolescent development or transfer to the CSU system. The Child and Adolescent Development degree provides students comprehensive understanding of a broad range human development domains including social, cognitive, physical, and culture for children and adolescence. The degree provides a broad undergraduate preparation for students interested in child and adolescent care and education, elementary education, special education, and a variety of youth-related social service careers.

AA.CDE.CAD.OPTBAAT or AA.CDE.CAD.OPTCAAT

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CSUSM: General Education Option B

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
PSYC/SOCI-121 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences 3
CDE-110 Child Development 3
PSYC-101 Introduction to Psychology 3
CDE-101 Principles of Early Childhood Education 3
 Units16
Spring Semester 1
CDE-125 Child, Family and Community 3
CDE-103 Appropriate Curricula for Young Children 3
MUS-109 World Music 3
ENGL-103 Critical Thinking and Writing 3
Select one of the following: 4
Elementary Spanish I
Elementary French I
American Sign Language I
 Units16
Fall Semester 2
Select one of the following: 4
Elementary Spanish II
Elementary French II
American Sign Language II
BIOL-115 Introductory Topics in Biology: Cells to Ecosystems (formerly Topics in Biology) 4
GEOG-101 Physical Geography 3
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
 Units14
Spring Semester 2
HIST-160 Black History in the American Context 3
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
HIST-111
U.S. History to 1877
or U.S. History Since 1865
3
Select one of the following: 4
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate French I
American Sign Language III (formerly ASL-103)
PSYC-124
Social Research Methodology With Lab (formerly Social Research Methodology)
or Honors Social Research Methodology With Lab (formerly Honors Social Research Methodology)
4
 Units17
 Total Units63

Language Requirement:  Some CSU's require the equivalency of an intermediate language proficiency for graduation. Please see a counselor for more detail regarding specific CSU major and graduation requirements. CSUSM Grad Requirements: Language

UC: General Education Option C

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
MATH-140
Introduction to Statistics
or Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
3
MUS-100 Introduction and Appreciation of Music 3
PSYC-101 Introduction to Psychology 3
CDE-110 Child Development 3
 Units16
Spring Semester 1
PHIL-101 Introduction to Philosophy I 3
ENGL-103 Critical Thinking and Writing 3
ASTR-101 Introduction to Astronomy 4
SPAN-101 Elementary Spanish I 4
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
 Units17
Fall Semester 2
LIT-132 Adolescent Literature (formerly ENGL-132) 3
BIOL-115 Introductory Topics in Biology: Cells to Ecosystems (formerly Topics in Biology) 4
PSYC-124
Social Research Methodology With Lab (formerly Social Research Methodology)
or Honors Social Research Methodology With Lab (formerly Honors Social Research Methodology)
4
ANTH-102 Cultural Anthropology 3
GEOG-102 Cultural Geography 3
 Units17
Spring Semester 2
PSYC-103 Human Development 3
LIT-280 Multiethnic Literature (formerly ENGL-280) 3
HS-121 Fundamentals of Healthful Living 3
NUTR-100 Family Nutrition 3
 Units12
 Total Units62

NOTE: For students who did not meet the LOTE requirement in high school, they may fulfill Area 6 by demonstrating proficiency by completing ASL-100 American Sign Language I, FREN-101 Elementary French I, or SPAN-101 Elementary Spanish I with a grade C or better. Languages other than English for Native Speakers are also acceptable for meeting this requirement.  

Course Title Credits
Required Core Courses
CDE-110Child Development3
or CDE-110H Honors Child Development
MATH-140Introduction to Statistics3
or PSYC/SOCI-121 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
PSYC-101Introduction to Psychology3
or PSYC-101H Honors Introduction to Psychology
List A : Select Three Courses
Select three of the following:9
Cultural Anthropology
Honors Cultural Anthropology
Human Biology
Introductory Topics in Biology: Cells to Ecosystems (formerly Topics in Biology)
Honors Introductory Topics in Biology: Cells to Ecosystems (formerly Honors Topics in Biology)
General Biology I
Honors General Biology I
General Biology II
Honors General Biology II
Principles of Early Childhood Education
Appropriate Curricula for Young Children
Child Health, Safety and Nutrition
Teaching in a Diverse Society (formerly Diversity and Equity in Early Childhood)
Infant and Toddler Growth and Development
Child, Family and Community
Honors Child, Family and Community
Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education
Supervised Field Experience: Student Teaching
Children and Youth With Exceptional Needs (formerly CDE-140)
Introduction to Elementary Classroom Teaching and Fieldwork (formerly Practicum in Elementary and Secondary Settings)
Immigration, Race and Ethnicity in U.S. History (formerly Race and Ethnicity in U.S. History)
Honors Immigration, Race and Ethnicity in U.S. History (formerly Race and Ethnicity in U.S. History)
Fundamentals of Healthful Living
Family Nutrition
Honors Family Nutrition
Introduction to Nutrition Science (formerly Nutrition and Foods)
Honors Introduction to Nutrition Science (formerly Nutrition and Foods)
Human Development
Honors Human Development
Social Research Methodology With Lab (formerly Social Research Methodology)
Honors Social Research Methodology With Lab (formerly Honors Social Research Methodology)
Principles of Sociology
Honors Principles of Sociology
Marriage and the Family
Total Units18-19
Course Title Credits
Units for Major18-19
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern37-39
Possible double counting: 16 units
Transferrable Electives (as needed to reach 60 CSU transferable units)

Total Units for A.A.-T Degree 60 units

The overall requirements for this Associates Degree for Transfer (ADT) can be met by:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC).
  • Completion of California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements (CSUGE)  or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  • Completion of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A “P” (Pass) grade is acceptable if pass is defined as a grade of C or better. ADTs are intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. A student completing an ADT is guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not a particular campus or major. Students should meet with a counselor to develop a comprehensive educational plan to further understand university and transfer requirements.

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