About Us

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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 a 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).

Our Mission

The SDSU Child and Family Development (CFD) Department’s mission is to prepare anti-racist, anti-bias professionals to address contemporary issues that affect the development, health, and well-being of children, youth, adults, families, and communities. This mission is accomplished through a culturally responsive curriculum with a strong emphasis on social emotional development, social justice, and equity-minded education. 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 Department's emphasis on reducing structural inequities through community-based outreach, prevention, advocacy, innovative research, theory application, and inclusive practices provides CFD students with a strong foundation for training and careers in education, health-related professions, human services, law, academia, and other meaningful fields of work.

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Our Students

We are very proud of the diverse and dedicated students of our department. Read below for a more in-depth view of our students and their awards, research, and experiences.

Informed and Inspired: Outstanding Grads Spring 2021

Pepin Payzant

Tamryn Hills

Georgia Dickerson