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San Diego State University

Department of Child & Family Development

Credential Programs

The interdisciplinary major (major code 08231) in child development prepares students for a variety of professional specialities.

Graduates with competencies in this major find positions in:

  • Preschools
  • Day care centers
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Residential institutions
  • Counseling centers
  • Mental health centers
  • Public welfare agencies
  • Family service agencies
  • Family planning clinics
  • Community programs
  • Business and industry
  • Government agencies


Students may prepare for teaching credentials and specialized certification (e.g., a teacher of single/multiple subjects in elementary or secondary education, or a family life educator by completing a 15-unit certificate program).


A child development major provides preparation for graduate study in child or family development, social work, counselor or special education, law and the social sciences.

Descriptions of career opportunities of the major and ways to meet credential and certification requirements are available from the undergraduate adviser, Pam Garnder, at