Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development

Bachelor's Bachelor's DegreeOnline3 years

Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development
Concentration in Early Development , Care and Education


This degree completion program leads to Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development (CHAD) with the concentration in Early Development, Care and Education. Participants are also eligible for the Early Childhood Education (ECE) permit as they work toward the credential. The State of California invested billions of dollars in ECE, creating many employment opportunities in public and private schools and preschools.


  • Predictable schedule
    In the cohort system, students stay with the same peers for the duration of the program. The cohort provides support needed to complete a bachelor’s degree within a specific time frame.
  • Guaranteed classes
    Since the program is a cohort model, the classes are predictable and enrollment is guaranteed.
  • Convenient class times and online learning
    Classes are always held in the evenings to cater to the working student. Synchronous online course meetings prepare students to advance in the early childhood education field.
  • 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 with classes taught by the most experienced faculty and synchronous web-based seminars.

Course content is video-streamed from a studio classroom on Sacramento State’s campus, covering the same upper-division classes that are currently required of Child and Adolescent Development majors.

The video-streamed content will be viewed by the cohort students online, and follow-up discussions will be led by a cohort facilitator.

The cohort facilitator collaborates with the Child and Adolescent Development instructional faculty on campus to ensure full academic support for students in the distance-education degree program.

Students will take 2-3 courses a semester for eight (8) semesters including fall, spring and summer, finishing in three years.

Financial aid is available for qualified students in this program.

Student Success Story

Kerstin Morell
Bachelor of Arts in Child Development

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. 

Course Listing

Child and Adolescent Development Courses

All fees subject to change.