There are two different kinds of advisement available to students:

1. Course Planning Advisement: For all your course advisement needs, set up an appointment with the designated CDV advisor Vanessa Monroy or Cristina Prado or in CHHSN Advising. Your advisor is assigned according to your concentration, see below. Please use the Toro Success Collaborative (TSC) Online Appointment System in myCSUDH or email for an appointment.

Primary Advisor: Vanessa Monroy 

      • General Elective Option
      • Early Development & Learning Concentration

Advisor: Cristina Prado  

      • Counseling & Family Services Concentration
      • Management & Administration Concentration 
      • Juvenile Delinquency Concentration 

2. Faculty Advisement: Faculty Advisors can provide information regarding career choices, graduate school, selecting electives, and approving course/elective substitutions.

There are additional resources available online:
Technology-Assisted AdvisingPlease use the interactive SMART PLANNER to plan your personal path to graduation. Smart Planner gives you a visual presentation of your current academic status and your plan for each semester. Students and advisors are able to:
  • Run an Academic Requirements Report to view your remaining academic requirements to complete your degree. Watch the short Academic Requirements Report Tutorial
  • Plan the specific courses you intend to take to meet the requirements
  • Use the integrated Schedule Planner to tailor your coursework according to your availability. Your planned coursework can be imported into a shopping cart to prepare you to enroll in your courses when registration opens. Watch the short Smart Planner Tutorial here.
  • Visit The Registrar's website for instructions on how to locate your registration date and time and to get help with the enrollment process.
Articulation Agreements: To determine if any courses you have taken at other colleges articulate with our courses, visit

All courses that students want to apply to the Child Development major, must have been passed with a “C” or better. If you have questions regarding course articulation, please contact your Major Advisor at the Student Services Center.

Preparing for your Advisement Appointment

  • Please have your Student ID (SID) available when you make your appointment. 
  • Please bring in necessary forms and documentation (e.g., petition for exception) to your advisement appointment.
  • Please indicate any holds you have in the subject line for faster service.
  • Please use your ToroMail for all communication!

Registration Holds: If you are inquiring about a problem affecting your registration, please check  MYCSUDH to identify:

  • what type of hold you have (e.g., financial aid, probation)
  • the department (e.g., Financial Aid) that placed the hold before requesting assistance. 

The CHHSN Advising is not able to remove all holds. They are only able to remove holds that pertain to Major Advising and Academic Probation.

  • For all other holds, students should contact the department that placed the hold to have it removed. 
  • To remove holds placed by the Child Development Program, please email your academic advisor OR make an advisement appointment with her using the Toro Success Collaborative (TSC) Online Appointment System in myCSUDH or by emailing .

Petitions to Waive the Graduate Writing Requirement (GWAR)

NOTE: Students completing and submitting a petition to waive the GWAR are not required to complete a Petition for Exception and should complete the GWAR Waiver Petition form instead.  Successful GWAR waiver petitions must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • taking a GWAR-certified course would require a student to return for an additional term before they can graduate
  • taking a GWAR-certified course would require the student to take an overload in order to graduate on time (i.e. not have to return for an additional term)
  • taking a GWAR-certified course would require the student to switch from part-time to full-time status in order to graduate on time (i.e. not have to return for an additional term)

Step #1: Student submits a GWAR petition form to their advisor with an explanation of why they believe they qualify for a waiver based on any of the criteria listed above:

Step #2: Advisor writes an impact statement declaring whether the student does indeed meet any of the criteria. The statement may be a short declaration verifying the impact on the student and should follow the criteria directly. The advisor should include evidence (generally the learning plan and/or the academic requirements report will suffice).  Please find a sample impact statement here

Step #3: Advisor submits student’s form with signed impact statement attached to a Dropbox folder in Academic Programs.