Help for First-year Students


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.


New freshmen may visit the SDSU Undergraduate Academic Advising Center for assistance with General Education (G.E.) requirements. The Center is located in the Student Services Building (map), Room 1551 (619-594-6668). New first-year students may begin using the Academic Advising Center the first business day after the last First-year Orientation.

Students may get help regarding the Child Development major from one of the undergraduate advisors in the Office for Student Success (OSS). Alison Sternal and Christine Cortez see students on a walk-in basis. Visit OSS advising to learn more.

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 a CFD undergraduate advisor, and they will complete the paperwork to expedite this process of moving from the “pre-major” to the “major.” If you took some of these classes at other institutions, you must bring copies of transcripts to your meeting with a CFD undergraduate advisor.


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 a CFD undergraduate advisor. Information on the specializations and the master plan is noted in the University Catalog: Child Development, B.S.

University Catalog and WebPortal 

It is advised that students read the University 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 a CFD undergraduate advisor during your first semester at SDSU, please bring a copy of your Degree Audit to your meeting.