Child and Adolescent Development

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Advisement Resources

Advising Syllabus

PDF iconThe Advising Syllabus contains valuable contact information, web links, and dates to remember.

2018-19: PDF icon

How Can I Receive Advisement?

Walk-In Advisement Hours

Walk-In Advisement hours have concluded for the Spring 2019 semester. Check back in early Fall 2019 for the 2019-20 academic year hours for walk-in advisement. For urgent advisement issues, visit the College's Student Services Center located in SQ 111.

Fall Term Advising Information

First-Year Freshmen students are required by the University to receive advisement through the HHD Student Services Office located in SQ 111:

All students, please see below for additional advisement information.

Advisement Holds

The CADV Department does NOT place holds on student enrollment; however the CADV Advisement Team may be able to assist in removing an ADVISEMENT HOLD on your account.

Please note that if you have a different type of hold (i.e., library hold, Title IX Refresher Course hold, Student Health Center/Immunization hold), the CADV Department CANNOT assist with you removing any non-advisement holds.


1.      Check to see if you have a hold(s) on your account by logging into your SOLAR portal (see detailed instructions at link below)
2.      If any of the Holds is an ADVISEMENT HOLD, please complete the department’s online form at:
3.      Make a note of any NON-advisement HOLDS and contact the appropriate offices on campus to get these holds removed so that it doesn’t impact your ability to register at the beginning of your registration appointment. If you cannot figure out which office on campus has placed the hold, contact the Office of Admission & Records at 818-677-3700 or the Health & Human Development Student Services Center at 818-677-2883.

Permission Numbers

Please note that the CADV Department and CADV faculty do not issue permission numbers for general course enrollment.

IF you are in your final semester at CSUN, once the non-restrictive registration period begins, you may request consideration a permission number to override pre-reqs (e.g., to take 380/L and 470 together in your final semester). The department's logic behind this is that we believe students who HAVE completed all pre-reqs should have priority enrolling in their desired section before students who have not yet completed pre-reqs.

Applying for Graduation

You can and should apply for graduation as soon as you reach 90-units (including the courses you are currently enrolled in/registered for) OR a year before your expected graduation date – whichever comes first! You do NOT NEED TO MEET WITH AN ADVISOR to apply for graduation.

Information on applying for graduation is available at this website:

The graduation application is available at this website:

Complete the application and turn it in with your completed DPR (with everything checked and GREEN) to the CADV Dept. office (SQ 285) or the Dean’s office if the Dept. office is closed (SQ 220). You will get a call/email when it is ready for pick up. At that time take the completed and signed form and DPR to A&R (Bayramian Hall) along with the filing fee. 

Formatting your Degree Progress Report and Planner (DPR)

Information on how to format your DPR can be found here:–

Format your Degree Progress Report and Planner (DPR) with your classes planned so everything is checked GREEN.

After you plan your classes --- you will see 5 buttons at the top of the right side panel

1. select the “check mark” to Check your Plan against the Degree Audit – make sure everything is checked green OR has a blue calendar icon (except maybe the UDWPE)

2. Select the (first) button to View the Audit that includes all courses from the plan

3. Select Printer Friendly (top right of the Audit)

4. Print this page (as a PDF if you need to email it).

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?

Incoming Transfer Students

During Summer we hold workshops regularly to orient and advise incoming transfer students.

Advising Office: Sequoia Hall 293 (unless otherwise noted)

Cick here to RESERVE A SEAT at a workshop

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

Transfer students applying to CSUN who are accepted into the major with under the "Degree with a Guarantee" (a.k.a. STAR Act/SB 1440) program will automatically have have 8 lower division classes (24 units) count towards the STAR Act Early Childhood Development Option of the CADV BA degree.

Non-STAR Act ("Degree with a Guarantee") program students should follow the required courses listed on the Degree Audit. Only 16 lower division units will apply for non-STAR Act students. CADV 150, FCS 234, HSCI 131, PSY 150. 

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 more lower-division 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 Academic Leaders (PALs)?

CADV Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) are upper-division students trained as 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. PALs receive training on how to effectively listen and empower students to take charge of their learning experience.

Many PALs are transfer students with a particular interest in helping others effectively navigate and transition to this campus.

Things to know about Peer Academic Leaders:

  • 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 you would prefer to meet with a Faculty Advisor instead of a Peer Academic Leader, please let the office staff know.           


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.