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.

Orientations

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 Alison Sternal ([email protected]), Community College Outreach & Undergraduate Advisor. She is located in the Office for Student Success (OSS), 2nd floor of the Education and Business Administration Building, EBA 259 (map) . Alison sees students on a walk-in basis. Her office hours are posted on the OSS walk-in advising page.

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 Pamela Gardner prior to registration and she 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 Pamela Gardner. Information on the specializations and the master plan is noted in the SDSU General Catalog.

Helpful Resources

  • General Catalog: It is advised that transfer students read the SDSU General Catalog and become familiar with the Child and Family Development section. 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 Pamela Gardner during your first semester at SDSU, please bring a copy of your Degree Audit to your meeting.
  • ASSIST (www.assist.org) 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 in California.