Child and Adolescent Development

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Forms and Petitions

These are the most common forms relevant for CADV majors.


Course Substitution Petition

Have you completed a course that you believe is an equivalent substitution for a requirement in the major?

Complete this Course Substitution Petition to initiate a department-level review of your proposed substitution. If your petition is approved, it will be forwarded to the Office of Admissions & Records so that your MAP & Degree Progress Report (DPR) reflects the substitute coursework. This is a PDF version of a course substitution form. This form is also available in the Department Office (Sequoia Hall 285).

Do not use this form for CAP 8 community college child development course substitions; use the next petition below instead (Community College Course Substitution Petition). 

Community College Course Substitution Petition

Have you completed early childhood education courses at a community college that are CAP 8 certified and you want those courses to count for the CADV Option Early Childhood Development?

The CADV BA Option (Early Childhood Development) was created to accommodate community college transfer students who previously completed CAP 8 certified early childhood units (see instructions below on how to determine which courses are CAP 8 certified). Students in this option can use a total of 8 classes (24 units) to count towards the ECD BA requirements. 

Explore the Early Childhood Development BA option overview to identify where in the requirements we accept alternative coursework (highlighted in green). 

Note- we do not accept JUST ANY child development units; only CAP 8 certified courses can be used for BA requirements (often these are the same requirements for the Child Development Permit). 

Follow these steps:

  1. Make sure your updated community college transcripts have been sent to CSUN. 
  2. Complete this Community College Course Substitution Petition form to the CADV Department office (Sequoia Hall 285) to initiate a department-level review of your proposed substitution. Page 3 includes a chart of the CAP 8 certified coursework from our local Los Angeles community colleges. 
  3. Include your updated MAP when you submit this form to the CADV department office.
  4. Wait to be notified with the results of your request. If your petition is approved, it will be forwarded to the Office of Admissions & Records so that your MAP reflects the substitute coursework.

Changing your Major to CADV

Are you interested in changing your major to CADV or even switching CADV options?

If you have less than 90 units, you can easily do this online by following the instructions here: online change of major/minor/option process

If you have more than 90 units, you can still change your major/option but you will have to use the paper form AND demonstrate in your MAP that your total units will NOT exceed 140 units if you make this change. 

Watch this video showing you how to temporarily change your MAP to see if you've taken any classes that count for the CADV major before officially changing your major: LOOKING AT THE CADV MAJOR IN MY MAP 

If you would like to learn more contact a Peer Advisor or attend one of our advisement workshops to see what extra classes you may have to complete.

Applying for Graduation

When and how do I apply for graduation?

Students typically apply for graduation one-year in advance of their proposed graduation date. To apply for graduation you must submit an updated MAP (My Academic Plan) and completed Application for Graduation that is reviewed by the department advisors.

Everything you need to know about graduation can be found online here.

If you missed the stated deadline, don't worry you will just have to pay the late fee (plus the regular fee).

Apply to be a CADV Peer Mentor- Spring 2014

Click here for the Spring 2014 Peer Mentor Application.

The Peer Mentor seminar is tentatively scheduled to meet on Mondays from 3:00-4:45pm for the Spring 2014 semester. The mandatory Peer Mentoring Retreat is tentatively scheduled for Friday January 17th (9:00am-3:00). You will also be required to protect other weekly times for peer mentoring.

Complete the application (including your peer mentoring essay) and email it to with "Peer Mentor Application Spring 2014" in the subject line by Friday December 13th; however, we will continue to accept applications until positions are filled.

CADV 495 A/B Course Enrollment Application Form

Check back soon for the Spring 2014 Application Form