Developmental Psychology Major

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Contact Information

Dr. Libby Balter Blume, CFLE
Department of Psychology
Office: Reno 208
Phone: 313-578-0446
FAX: 313-578-0507

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

Major in Developmental Psychology

The Developmental Psychology major is designed to prepare graduates for work in child and family programs such as child and adolescent development specialists, child or elder care providers, family services workers, parenting educators, child life workers and family relations consultants. In addition, students can earn a Family Life Education Certificate (CFLE) from the National Council on Family Relations by completing our Approved Program.

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).

Minor in Developmental Psychology

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.

Minor Program

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Program Content

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
3 credits
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.)

Certificate in Family Life Education

A Certified Family Life Educator has skills and knowledge to enrich individual and family life. He/she has studied how families work; the interrelationship of families and society; human growth and development throughout the life span; the physiological and psychological aspects of human sexuality; the impact of money management on daily family life; the importance and value of parent education; the effects of policy and legislation on families; the ethical considerations in professional conduct; how to teach and develop family life curricula.

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
    • Ethics
    • 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.