Help for Transfer Students

Welcome to the Department of Child and Family Development in SDSU's College of Education! We are happy you have transferred to our campus and our department, and we're here to help you toward earning your degree and achieving professional success. Please read the information below to help you become acquainted with important services and information.


We highly recommend that all transfer students attend a 1-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 SDSU Undergraduate Academic Advising Center for assistance with General Education (G.E.) requirements. The center is located in the Student Services West Building (map), room 1551 (619-594-6668). New transfer students may begin using the Academic Advising Center the first business day after the last transfer orientation.

Undergraduate Advising

Transfer 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.

Preparation 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. Many transfer students come to SDSU with these classes completed. If so, please visit a CFD undergraduate advisor prior to registration and they will complete the paperwork to move students from the “pre-major” to the “major.” Make sure to bring a copy of your Degree Audit Report to the meeting (available at the SDSU Undergraduate Academic Advising Center).

Specialization and Master Plan

About the time students move from the “pre-major” to the “major,” they must select one of 2 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.

Helpful Resources

  • University Catalog: It is advised that transfer students read SDSU University Catalog. Most questions that students have are addressed in the catalog.
  • WebPortal/ Degree Audit Report: 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 a CFD undergraduate advisor during your first semester at SDSU, please bring a copy of your Degree Audit to your meeting.
  • ASSIST 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.