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San Diego State University

Department of Child & Family Development

Bachelors Information

New Freshmen

Orientation 

We highly recommend that all new freshmen attend a one-day orientation offered during the summer. These orientations include an advising session which is helpful to our new students. Information on the orientations will be sent to new freshmen.

Advising 

New freshmen may visit the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center for assistance with General Education (G.E.) requirements. The Center is located in the Student Services Building, room 1551 (594-6668). New freshmen may begin using the Academic Advising Center the first business day after the last freshman orientation.

Students may get help regarding the Child Development major from our Undergraduate Advisor, Professor Pamela Gardner (pgardner@mail.sdsu.edu). She is located in the Careers in Education Office, 2nd floor of Education and Business Administration Building (EBA 259).  She sees students on a walk-in basis. Her office hours are posted on her voice mail (619 594-7035) and on the department's office door. She can also be reached via email, pgardner@mail.sdsu.edu. Pamela Gardner will begin seeing new freshmen after the last day of orientations.

Preparing for the Major 

All students must complete a series of “Preparation for the Major” classes and earn at least a C in each class. Once this is done, students will move from the “pre-major” to the “major” and may begin taking upper division CFD classes. Please visit Pamela Gardner and she will complete the paperwork to expedite this process of moving from the “pre-major” to the “major.” If some of these classes were taken at other institutions, students must bring copies of transcripts to the meeting with Pamela Gardner.

Specialization 

About the time students move from the “pre-major” to the “major,” students must select one of two specializations (Child Development Specialization or Family Development Specialization). Students must also file a master plan. This is done in a meeting with Pamela Gardner. Information on the specializations and the master plan is noted in the catalog.

General Catalog and Web Portal 

It is advised that students read the SDSU catalog and become familiar with the Child and Family Development section. Most questions that students have are addressed in the catalog. We also encourage students to check their WebPortal frequently.

Degree Audit Report

The Degree Audit Report is available through WebPortal and shows the classes students have taken, the classes students must take, etc. For the first semester that students attend SDSU, the Degree Audit Report is available only at the SDSU Undergraduate Advising Center and not through WebPortal. If you meet with Pamela Gardner during your first semester at SDSU, please bring a copy of your Degree Audit to your meeting.

Transfer Students

We highly recommend that all transfer students attend a one-day orientation offered during the summer and winter. These orientations include an advising session which is helpful to our transfer students. Information on the orientations will be sent to students.

New transfer students may visit the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center for assistance with General Education (G.E.) requirements. The Center is located in the Student Services Building, room 1551 (594-6668). New transfer students may begin using the Academic Advising Center the first business day after the last transfer orientation.

Students may get help regarding the Child Development major from our Undergraduate Advisor, Professor Pamela Gardner. She is located in the Center for Careers in Education, 2nd floor of the Business Administration Building (EBA 259) and sees students on a walk-in basis. Her office hours are posted on her voice mail (619 594-7035) and on her office door. She can also be reached via Email, pgardner@mail.sdsu.edu. Pamela Gardner will begin seeing new transfer students after the last day of orientations.

All students must complete a series of “Preparation for the Major” classes and earn at least a C in each class. Once this is done, students will move from the “pre-major” to the “major” and may begin taking upper division CFD classes. Many transfer students come to SDSU with these classes completed. If so, please visit Pamela Gardner prior to registration and she will complete the paperwork to move students from the “pre-major” to the “major.” Make sure to bring a copy of the Degree Audit to the meeting (available at the SDSU Undergraduate Advising Center).

About the time students move from the “pre-major” to the “major,” students must select one of two specializations (Child Development Specialization or Family Development Specialization). Students must also file a master plan. This is done in a meeting with Pamela Gardner. Information on the specializations and the master plan is noted in the catalog.

It is advised that transfer students read the SDSU catalog and become familiar with the Child and Family Development section. Most questions that students have are addressed in the catalog. We also encourage students to check their WebPortal frequently. The Degree Audit Report is available through WebPortal and shows the classes students have taken, the classes students must take, etc. For the first semester that students attend SDSU, the Degree Audit Report is available only at the SDSU Undergraduate Advising Center and not through WebPortal. If you meet with Pamela Gardner during your first semester at SDSU, please bring a copy of your Degree Audit to your meeting.

ASSIST (www.assist.org) is a helpful website for transfer students. ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California’s public colleges and universities and provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California.

Current Students

Advising is available to all students. Direct all questions or clarification of General Education (G.E.) requirements to the Undergraduate Advising Center on campus located in the Student Services Building, room 1551 (594-6668). Direct all questions about the Child Development major to our Undergraduate Advisor, Professor Pamela Gardner. She is located in room 259 of the Education and Business Administration Building and sees students on a walk-in basis. Her office hours are posted on her voice mail (619 594-7035) and on her office door. She can also be reached via email, pgardner@mail.sdsu.edu.

All students must complete a series of “Preparation for the Major“ classes and earn at least a C in each class. Once this is done, students will move from the “pre-major” to the “major” and may begin taking upper division CFD classes. Please visit Pamela Gardner and she will complete the paperwork to expedite this process of moving from the “pre-major” to the “major.” If some of these classes were taken at other institutions, students must bring copies of transcripts to the meeting with Pamela Gardner.

About the time students move from the “pre-major” to the “major,” students must select one of two specializations (Child Development Specialization or Family Development Specialization). Students must also file a master plan. This is done in a meeting with Pamela Gardner. Information on the specializations and the master plan is noted in the catalog.

It is advised that students read the SDSU catalog and become familiar with the Child and Family Development section. Most questions that students have are addressed in the catalog. We also encourage students to check their WebPortal frequently. The Degree Audit Report is available through WebPortal and shows the classes students have taken, the classes students must take, etc. For the first semester that students attend SDSU, the Degree Audit Report is available only at the SDSU Undergraduate Advising Center and not through WebPortal. If you meet with Pamela Gardner during your first semester at SDSU, please bring a copy of your Degree Audit to your meeting.

If students need assistance with a class, we encourage students to talk with their professors during their scheduled office hours. For assistance with writing skills, the Department of Rhetoric and Writing has courses in reading and writing development, as well as courses to help students meet the writing competency requirements.  We also have a Mentor Center in EBA 409 for students that need additional help.  For help with math skills, the General Mathematics program offers courses to help students meet Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) and mathematics competency requirements. Both Writing and Mathematics offer classes each semester and can be reached at 594-6515. Consult the Class Schedule for class listings and for dates for diagnostic tests for General Math classes. Tutoring for EOP students is available at the Educational Opportunity Program and Ethnic Affairs (EOP) Office.

The campus scholarship application deadline each year is usually in early February. This means that you need to begin thinking about reviewing resources, picking up the forms, obtaining needed transcripts, and writing your essay or other required material around JANUARY of each year. The SDSU homepage offers extensive information related to financial aid and scholarships.

Important Financial Aid Links

Thair Milne and Georgia Tait Stooke Scholarships

The Child and Family Development Department has a limited amount of Scholarship and Award funds available through two separate scholarship accounts. These are the Thair Milne and Georgia Tait Stooke Scholarship awards. Applicants for these two scholarships complete the regular SDSU scholarship application form, and it will be forwarded through to the department for review.