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 for a variety of advanced degree and professional programs.

EXCITING NOTE: Students in the ADS option still qualify for course credit for some Child Development courses taken at the community college. Meet with a CADV Peer Academic Leader or Faculty Advisor to see if course substitution is right for you.

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) and/or those that completed the CAP 8 coursework at their community college often choose this program of study.

If you took a number of early childhood courses at a community college, you may be interested in our Early Childhood Development BA Option (click here for more information). If you have completed an Early Childhood Education or Child Development AS-T degree at a community college, the ECD Option will allow you graduate in 60 units after transferring to CSUN, guaranteed!


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