Child and Adolescent Development

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The Transfer Student Experience

Build on What You Have Learned

Transferring to the Child and Adolescent Development major at Cal State Northridge will allow you to build upon your coursework at the community college (or other colleges/universities).

Choose a program option to personalize your educational experience:

Applied Developmental Science Option (ADS)

The ADS Option provides students training in examining and understanding how developmental changes that occur from conception through early adulthood. Students who are interested in pursuing a path that leads to a wide range of careers related to the field of human development (e.g., social worker, clinical psychologist, K-12 teacher, child life specialist, college counselor, university professor, occupational therapist, speech pathologist as well as preschool teacher/director, early interventionist) choose this option.  The ADS option provides a strong foundation across the entire field of child and adolescent development across the spectrum of ages/stages.

Early Childhood Development Option (ECD)

The ECD Option provides students an emphasis and focus in the developmental processes occurring in early childhood. Students who know they want a career in the field of Early Childhood Education (i.e., infant care, preschool, early intervention) or working solely with infants & young children often choose this program of study.


New Student Orientation
Our campus-wide New Student Orientation program offers at least one orientation for transfer students; our department strongly encourages you to quickly register for this summer event (as it fills up quickly). Students report that this orientation effectively provides a foundation to aid in a smooth transition to CSUN. Click here for more details on how to register