The Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development (CHAD) –
Concentration in Educational Context degree completion program is
a long-time collaboration between the College of Education, the
College of Continuing Education, and local early child education
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.
The cohort system provides the framework and network needed to
complete a bachelor’s degree within a specific time frame.
Since the program is a cohort model, the classes are made
specifically for the cohort students.
Convenient class times and satellite classroom
Classes are always held in the evenings or on weekends to cater
to the working student. Classrooms are provided by local
agencies within the community (e.g. Head Start, county offices
of education, and community colleges).
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 learning-community model with a
combination of video and web-based delivery, coupled with local
face-to-face cohort discussion and facilitation.
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 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 main campus Child
Development instructional faculty to ensure full academic support
for students in the distance-education degree program.
Students will take two (2) courses a semester for eight (8)
semesters including fall, spring and summer, finishing in three
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.