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San Diego State University

Department of Child & Family Development

  • Central Mexico
  • Student Playing Uno with Children
  • Violence awareness and prevention fair at SDSU
  • CFD Students in We Can't Wait Conference

Study Abroad in Central Mexico

Our CFD Undergraduates learn about the infrastructure of the education systems with visits to rural schools in Central Mexico.

Master's Program Retreat

We love our yearly orientations with our new graduate students.

Student Volunteers

CFD undergraduate students regularly volunteer with children.

These Hands Don't Hurt

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

We Can't Wait Conference

CFD students learning about the intersection of “nature” and “nurture” in regards to child development.

    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, a Master of Science degree in Child Development, and a graduate certificate (EC-TEaMH) in early childhood mental health. In addition, the department offers an Master of Science in Child Development with a specialization in Early Childhood Mental Health that meets licensure requirements for students wishing to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).


    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

    Child and Family Development Department Office:
    Phone: 619.594.5380
    Office: EBA 403 (CFD Advising in EBA 259)
    Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.– 4 p.m.

    CFD Advising Office:

    Office: EBA 259
    Hours: Click here for the CFD Advising Home Page.

    Learning Resource Center:
    Office: EBA 401
    Hours: Please visit our LRC webpage.

    Graduate Programs:


    Mailing Address:

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