Child and Adolescent Development

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Advisement Resources

How Can I Receive Advisement?

The Department offers various modes of advising opportunities each semester. Some of these include:

  1. Monthly 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 DPR Planner (Degree Progress Report and Planner) to confirm that they are "on track," plan future courses, and answer general or specific questions. 
  2. Advising videos and resources (see next tab). CADV Peer Mentors have created and compiled resources explaining critical advising topics. Start with the DPR resources because you cannot see a faculty advisor until you have learned how to plan classes using this interactive online tool. 
  3. Book an appointment with a trained Peer Academic Leader at a time that works with your busy schedule. If you cannot attend the scheduled weekly advising times, the Peer Academic Leaders are eager to meet with you one-on-one and will work to schedule a time that works for you.
  4. Walk-in advising hours with trained Peer Academic Leaders (and/or Faculty Advisors for those who have formatted your MAP/Degree Audit).
  5. 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 Academic Leader to learn how to use the MAP so you can independently determine if you are taking the right courses).

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 and Student Forms page.

NOTE: 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 or adding the major/minor. 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.


Advising Tutorial Videos for Students

Check out these short advising videos created by our own CADV Peer Advisors. 

  1. How do I use my DPR to plan classes? (you need this before you can talk with an advisor!)
  2. What is the UPPER DIVISION WRITING EXAM (when to take it, pass it, & sign up)?
  3. How do I fill out a COURSE SUBSTITUTION form?
  4. Are you thinking about CHANGING YOUR MAJOR TO CADV but first want to see if you've taken any classes that count?
  5. Ways to get involved on campus and earn an EARLY REGISTRATION DATE!
  6. Want to study abroad as a CADV major?

Spring 16 Advising Workshops & Hours

We will hold weekly workshops, walk-in hours, and appointments for advising related questions throughout the semester. Before you arrive, make sure you have planned classes on your DPR; if you do not know how to use your DPR, refer to the resources at: . If you wish to speak with a faculty advisor, first you will need to first meet with a Peer Advisor who will help you prepare for your appointment with a faculty advisor. 

 Advising Office: Sequoia Hall 285 (unless otherwise noted)

Fall 2016 Advising Schedule

  • Monday - Wednesday: 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Friday: 8:00am-2:00pm

Walk-in or click here to Book an Advisement Appointment

The final advising session of the semester will be on: Friday, December 9th, 2016

Which Community College Child Development courses count in the CADV major?

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Make sure your updated transcripts have been sent to CSUN.
  3. Submit the Community College Substitution Petition Form to the CADV Department office (Sequoia Hall 285) WITH your updated DPR .
  4. Wait 4-6 weeks to be notified with the results of your request.

How Do I Decide Which BA Option is Right for Me (i.e., Applied Dev Science or Early Childhood Dev)?

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.

How do I Change My Major to CADV?

Click here for more information on how to change your major to CADV.

Who are the CADV Peer Advisors?

CADV Peer Advisors are Peer Mentors who have a passion to work with fellow CADV majors on how to navigate campus resources (e.g., DPR, 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.           


What Internship Opportunities Careers Options are Available for Me?

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.

How do I Complete the Requirements for the CTC Child Development Permit?

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). 

What are Some Careers that CADV Majors Typically Pursue?

Keep in mind that your Bachelor's degree demonstrates that you have a broad general education and are prepared for further education and training in a more focused area of study. CADV majors pursue career pathways in diverse fields including but not limited to social work, counseling, law, medicine, occupational/recreational therapy, psychology, and education.

See the following PowerPoint presentation for more information on careers traditionally of interest to CADV majors: Career Pathways

We encourage you to also visit the Career Center for more information and exploration on careers and post-bachelor degree goals/options.