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San Diego State University

Department of Child & Family Development

  • Guatemala
  • We Can't Wait 2014
  • Student Playing Uno with Children
  • Poster Presentations
  • Violence awareness and prevention fair at SDSU

Study Abroad in Guatemala

Our CFD undergraduates have done service learning projects in Guatemala.

We Can't Wait Conference 2014

Our EC-SEBRIS Graduate Certificate Program students had a great time sharing their research poster presentations at the annual We Can't Wait Conference in early childhood mental health.

Student Volunteers

CFD undergraduate students regularly volunteer with children.

Research Poster Presentations

EC-SEBRIS graduate students share about their research in early intervention and prevention.

Master's Program Retreat

We love our yearly orientations with our new graduate students.

These Hands Don't Hurt

Violence awareness and prevention fair at SDSU sponsored by the CFD Student Organization.

    Welcome to the Department of Child and Family Development

    Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world.

    Maria Montessori

    The Department of Child and Family Development is a highly integrated academic unit within the College of Education. The Department offers a B.S. in Child Development in Applied Arts and Sciences and a Master of Science degree in Child Development, as well as a graduate certificate (EC-SEBRIS) in early childhood mental health.


    Mission Statement

    The SDSU Child and Family Development (CFD) Department’s mission is to prepare students to become early childhood educators and professionals who work with children, families, schools and communities. The focus of the department is on the study of social emotional development as the underlying foundation for all other areas of development including physical, cognitive, motor and language. The program represents an interdisciplinary field of study with the basic assumption that development takes place across the lifespan in the context of the family, community, and public policy. The Child Development department’s emphasis on primary prevention prepares students with hands-on experiences through community-based learning. 

    Contact Us

    Telephone: 619.594.5380
    Fax: 619.594.5921

    Office Hours

    Education and Business Administration 403
    Monday - Friday: 8 am to 4 pm

    Mailing Address

    Child and Family Development
    San Diego State University
    5500 Campanile Drive
    San Diego, CA 92182-4502