Developmental Psychology Major
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- Developmental Psychology Major
- Developmental Psychology Minor
- Certificate in Family Life Education
Dr. Libby Balter Blume, CFLE
Department of Psychology
Office: Reno 208
What Professional Opportunities are Available for Graduates?
Developmental Psychology graduates and CFLEs are consultants, directors, educators, and coordinators in such settings as:
- Family Life Centers
- Social Services Agencies
- Preschool/Child Care
- Health Care Programs
- Child Life Programs
- Recreation Centers
- Adult/ Continuing Education
- Family and Youth Centers
- Church or Parish Programs
- Community Action Agencies
- Military Family Support
- Parent Education
- Family Service Agencies
- Afterschool Programs
- Adult Day Care
- Geriatric Programs
- Agricultural Extension
Developmental Psychology Major 35-40 cr.
One of the following: PYC 1000 Introductory Psychology 3 credits PYC 2500 Developmental Psychology 3 credits PYC 3330 Psychology of Personality 3 credits PYC 3510 Family Development 3 credits PYC 4400 Cross-Cultural Socialization 3 credits PYC 4510 Psychology of Death and Dying 3 credits PYC 4730 Basic Practicum 3 credits PYC 4910 Research in Developmental Psychology 3 credits
One of the following: PYC 2600 Social Psychology 4 credits PYC 4070 Advanced Psychobiology 4 credits
Two of the following: PYC 2340 Infancy/Early Childhood Development 6 credits PYC 2360 Middle Childhood/Adolescent Development 6 credits PYC 2560 Adult Development and Aging 6 credits
One of the following: STA 2250 Elementary Statistics 3 credits PYC 2010 Research Methods I 3 credits PYC 3410 Psychology of Personality 3 credits
Note: Students with other UDM majors or bachelor's degrees from other institutions must complete the full NCFR Approved Program (39 credits).
The University of Detroit Mercy Minor in Developmental Psychology provides students with an overview of psychology across the lifespan. The Developmental Psychology Minor educates students in infant and child development, middle childhood, adolescence, and old age, as well as the dynamics of families and family life. Adding this minor to the undergraduate degree complements and enhances any major by providing an understanding of developmental psychology and the scientific method.
The Developmental Psychology Minor is an 18-credit program (6 courses) designed to give students a broad exposure to child and family development as a scientific and professional discipline. In addition to Introduction to Psychology, students will take two courses covering infancy through adolescence, as well as two courses on the dynamics of human relationships, parenting, and family life, and a course on the psychology of death and dying.
Working with people of various ages comes as a part of almost any career. A minor in Developmental Psychology will provide graduates with an improved understanding and appreciation of how behavior, attitudes, and cognition vary and change across the lifespan. Students from a wide variety of majors will gain the knowledge and skills to provide support to families and conduct developmental programs to prevent and resolve problems relative to human development, parenting, and adult relationships.
For more information, please visit the Developmental Psychology Major page on the UDM College of Liberal Arts & Education Website.
|PYC 1000||Introductory Psychology||3 credits|
|PYC 2340||Child Development: Infancy and Early Childhood||3 credits|
|PYC 2360||Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development||3 credits|
|PYC 3330||Human Relationships and Parenting
|PYC 3510||Family Development||3 credits|
|PYC 4510||Psychology of Death and Dying||3 credits|
Total Credits Required: 18
Full-time Psychology Faculty
|•||Steven Abell, Ph.D., Loyola University, clinical psychology, psychotherapy with children|
|•||Kristin Abraham, Ph.D., Bowling Green University, public mental health issues|
|•||Libby Balter Blume, Ph.D., Texas Tech University, child development, family studies|
|•||Barry Dauphin, Ph.D., Syracuse University, philosophical issues in psychoanalytic psychology|
|•||Sharla Fasko, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, school psychology|
|•||Sara Golomb, Ph.D., University of Toledo, school psychology|
||Harold H. Greene, Ph.D., University of Georgia, cognitive and experimental psychology|
||Erin Henze, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, school psychology|
||Elizabeth M. Hill, Ph.D., Tulane University, alcoholism and alcoholic families|
|•||Douglas MacDonald, Ph.D., University of Windsor, clinical child psychology, psychological assessment, cross cultural research.|
|•||Judy McCown, Ph.D., Wayne State University, schizophrenia, cognitive-behavioral therapy|
|•||Linda H. Slowik, Ph.D., Wayne State University, industrial/organizational psychology|
|•||Margaret Stack, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., University of Detroit, psychological assessment, psychotherapy outcome|
|•||Carol C. Weisfeld, Ph.D., University of Chicago, developmental psychological, ethology|
|•||Kathleen Zimmerman-Oster, Ph.D., Wayne State University, social and industrial/organizational psychology|
Required core and supporting courses for Family Life Education Certification. (See Developmental Psychology advisor.)
Students who have completed the CFLE requirements are eligible for provisional certification from the National Council on Family Relations upon earning the B.A. degree and for full certification after working for 2 years post-degree in a family-related field. Developmental Psychology is an Approved Program of the National Council on Family Relations.
Certificate in Family Life Education - 24 credits*
With a Developmental Psychology major, students may elect to complete NCFR's Approved Program in Certified Family Life Education. Students with other UDM majors or Bachelor degrees from other institutions must complete the full Approved Program(pdf) (39 credits)
Developmental Psychology Courses (15 credits included in the major) PYC 2500 Lifespan Development PYC 3330 Human Relationships and Guidance PYC 3510 Family Development PYC 4400 Cross-Cultural Socialization PYC 4730 Practicum in Family Life Education
UDM Core Courses (9 credits) PYC 2750 Human Sexuality (Core 5D) ETH 3590 Ethics and Public Policy (Core 6A) CJS 4830 Family Development
Required Supporting Courses (15 credits) ADS 4360 Family Theory and Therapy BUS 2900 Personal Finance CST 2040 Interpersonal Communication HUS 4220 Ethics in Human Services LEGA 2300 Family Law
* Students with other UDM majors or bachelor degrees from other institutions must complete the full approved program (39 credits).
Why Become a CFLE?
- Certification is recognition of your understanding in each of the family life content areas:
- Internal Dynamics of Families
- Human Growth and Development
- Human Sexuality
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Family Resource Management
- Parent Education and Guidance
- Family Law and Public Policy
- Family Life Education Methodology
- Certification increases your credibility as a professional by showing that the high standards and criteria needed to provide quality family life education have been met.
- Certification provides avenues for networking with other family life educators both locally and nationally through the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).
- The National Council on Family Relations sponsors this national program to certify family life educators. University of Detroit Mercy's Developmental Psychology Program has been approved so that graduates can receive provisional certification by submitting their transcripts to NCFR.