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San Diego State University

Department of Child & Family Development

  • Homecoming 2013
  • CFD Photo
  • Student Research Symposium
  • Dr. Hokoda with Students at Research Symposium
  • Student Playing Uno with Children
  • Violence awareness and prevention fair at SDSU

Homecoming Queen to Promote ASL Awareness

Sonia Holzman, a fourth year CFD student, was crowned SDSU’s 2013 Homecoming Queen this fall. Her project for the Homecoming Court will focus on promoting awareness of ASL on campus.

Our faculty and staff love CFD!

Research Poster Presentations

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

Research Poster Presentations

Student Playing Uno with Children

CFD students regularly vounteer with children

These Hands Don't Hurt

Violence awareness and prevention fair at SDSU

    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