The Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development (CHAD) –
Concentration in Early Development, Care and Education degree
completion program is a long-time collaboration between the
College of Education, the College of Continuing Education, and
local early child education (ECE) organizations.
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 online learning
Classes are always held in the evenings to cater to the working
student. Synchronous online course meetings are provide student
with curriculum designed to advance the early childhood
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 collaborative online community
model that offers campus faculty recorded lectures and
synchronous web-based delivery of cohort discussions by a cohort
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 and Adolescent Development
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 Child and Adolescent
Development instructional faculty on the main campus to ensure
full academic support for students in the distance-education
Students will take 2-3 courses a semester for eight (8) semesters
including fall, spring and summer, finishing in three years.