The Department offers various modes of advising opportunities each semester. Some of these include:
- Weekly or bi-weekly workshops on various advising topics (e.g., how to apply for graduation, career exploration, how to pick classes). This is the best way to get your individual advising needs met in a slow-paced, relaxed environment. Students typically use this time to learn how to use the MAP (My Academic Plan) to plan future courses, receive validation that they are "on track," and answer general or specific questions.
- Advising videos (see next tab). CADV Peer Mentors have created short, 1-5 minute videos explaining critical advising topics. Start with the MAP video because you cannot see a faculty advisor until you have learned how to plan classes using this interactive online tool.
- One-on-one appointments with Faculty Advisors to receive help solving problems; we do not however meet to do course planning (attend the workshop or meet with a peer advisor to learn how to use the MAP so you can independently determine if you are taking the right courses).
- Walk-in advising hours with trained Peer Advisors and/or Faculty Advisors (for those who know how to use the MAP).
- Book an appointment with a trained Peer Academic Mentor or a Faculty Advisor at a time that works with your busy schedule. If you cannot attend the scheduled weekly advising times, the Peer Advisors are eager to meet with you one-on-one at a time that works for you.
CADV has a wealth of resources that will help you answer most advising-related questions independently and confidently. Much of the information is available online at our website and at the Admissions & Records website.
CADV does NOT place registration holds on students' accounts. We also do NOT require CADV majors to meet face-to-face with an advisor before registering for classes. We do offer a number of advising workshops which enable students to effectively plan their remaining coursework and learn about the most efficient ways to do so.
Check out these short advising videos created by our own CADV Peer Advisors.
- How do I use my MAP to plan classes? (you need this before you can talk with an advisor!)
- What is the UPPER DIVISION WRITING EXAM (when to take it, pass it, & sign up)?
- How do I fill out a COURSE SUBSTITUTION form?
- Are you thinking about CHANGING YOUR MAJOR TO CADV but first want to see if you've taken any classes that count?
- Ways to get involved on campus and earn an EARLY REGISTRATION DATE!
- Want to study abroad as a CADV major?
We will hold weekly workshops, walk-in hours, and appointments for advising related questions throughout the Fall 2014 semester. Before you arrive, make sure you have planned classes in your MAP; if you do not know how to use your MAP, watch the video (see above tab) which teaches you the process. If you wish to speak with a faculty advisor, first you will meet with a Peer Advisor who will help you pull up your MAP and prepare for your appointment.
Advising Schedule for Fall 2014 (Sequoia Hall 281 unless otherwise noted in Advising Schedule)
- Monday: 10:00-11:00 and 12:00-2:00pm
- Tuesday: 12:00-1:00
The Early Childhood Development CADV BA Option was created to assist community college transfer students who completed a "lower division transfer plan" in Early Childhood Education prior to coming to CSUN. Students in this option can use a total of 8 classes (24 units) to count towards the Early Childhood Development Option of the CADV BA degree.
Explore the Early Childhood Development BA Option overview to identify where community college ECE coursework is accepted in the CADV major (highlighted in green).
Follow these steps:
- Find out which community college courses can count. Open the Community College Course Petition Form; page 3 includes a chart of accepted coursework from our local Los Angeles community colleges.
- Make sure your updated transcripts have been sent to CSUN.
- Submit the Community College Substitution Petition Form to the CADV Department office (Sequoia Hall 285) WITH your updated MAP .
- Wait 4-6 weeks to be notified with the results of your request.
When you choose to be a Child & Adolescent Development major, you will pick from our two Options: Applied Developmental Science (ADS) and Early Childhood Development (ECD).
The ADS Option offers a more developmentally broad (birth-emerging adulthood) and scientific approach to understanding how youth change over time; this option gives students more course options in the Electives section which can double-count for Upper Division GE units and double-majoring.
The Early Childhood Development Option focuses on younger children and allows community college students who have completed a Lower Division Transfer Plan at a California Community College to count units towards the BA degree.
Read more on how to decide which BA Option is right for you.
Click here for more information on how to change your major to CADV.
CADV Peer Advisors are Peer Mentors who have a passion to work with fellow CADV majors on how to navigate campus resources (e.g., MAP, Career Center) to effectively reach graduation. Peer Mentors receive training on how to effectively listen and empower students to take charge of their learning experience.
Many Peer Mentors are transfer students with a particular interest in helping others effectively navigate and transition to this campus.
Things to know about Peer Advisors:
- They have been trained to teach others the campus tools to help you answer critical advising questions (e.g., MAP, catalog)
- If you schedule an appointment with a faculty advisor, you will first consult with a Peer Advisor to get your MAP pulled up on an iPad (or quickly teach you how to use your MAP).
- Peer Advisors cannot sign official documents. If for some reason you do not want to meet with a Peer Advisor, you are not required to do so.
The undergraduate degree in Child and Adolescent Development appeals to a wide range of students! Many of our majors are interested in pursuing careers such as a:
- health practitioner (i.e., pediatrician, nurse, occupational therapist, child life specialist)
- mental health clinician (e.g., psychologist, clinical social worker, counselor, marriage & family therapist)
- educator (e.g., preschool teacher, K-12 credential teacher, college counselor, or college professor).
To help you further decide on a particular career pathway, we are one of the few undergraduate programs in the CSU system offering a competitive internship program. This year long experience provides students the opportunity to pick from nearly 20 local community partners (e.g, schools, hospitals, non-profit organizations) to develop hands-on experience and professional networks.
Our department advising program will host workshops/receptions and invite graduate students and alumni working in the field so you can learn about different career options. Meet some of our CADV alumni are currently attending graduate school.
Whether you are a transfer student or starting as a freshman, this CADV Department and faculty welcomes you to this wonderful University.
Having the Child Development Permit can be a great addition to your resume while building professional experience. The Child Development Training Consortium offers more information and resources regarding the steps to obtaining a permit. Typically this permits consists of 2 years of general education coursework and 8 core classes of Early Childhood Development (typically offered at community colleges).