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.
PYC 1000 Introductory Psychology 3 cr.
PYC 2500 Developmental Psychology 3 cr.
PYC 3330 Human Relationships and Guidance 3 cr.
PYC 3510 Family Development 3 cr.
PYC 4400 Cross-Cultural Socialization 3 cr.
PYC 4510 Psychology of Death and Dying 3 cr.
PYC 4730 Basic Practicum 1-5 cr.
PYC 4910 Research in Developmental Psychology 3 cr.

One of the following: 4 cr.
PYC 2600 Social Psychology
PYC 4070 Advanced Psychobiology

Two of the following: 6 cr.
PYC 2340 Infancy/Early Childhood Development
PYC 2360 Middle Childhood/Adolescent Development
PYC 2560 Adult Development and Aging

One of the following: 3 cr.
STA 2250 Elementary Statistics
PYC 2010 Research Methods I
PYC 3410 Psychology of Personality

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)
PYS 2750 Human Sexuality (Core 5D)
ETH 3590 Ethics and Public Policy (Core 6A)
CJS 4830 Family Violence or ADS 4170 Chemical Dependence & Youth (Core 6B)

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
LA 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.