University of Detroit Mercy

Department of Psychology
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The Psychology department offers three options for undergraduate students who wish to major in psychology in addition to a common core of courses required of all majors. The General Psychology and Industrial/Organizational majors are intended for those students who pursue careers in psychology. Such careers usually require at least the M.A. degree, and this sequence of courses is designed to provide a broad background in psychology and a very strong foundation for graduate study or employment in other fields. The Developmental Psychology major is designed for those students who wish to prepare themselves for careers in various professions immediately upon graduation. A Developmental Psychology major prepares students for careers in such fields as child care, child welfare, family relations, parent education, and programs for older people. Through practica and special projects, a student can acquire expertise in working with a group, e.g. children, adolescents, or the elderly. Developmental Psychology majors completing the Approved Program in Family Life Education earn provisional certification from NCFR upon graduation.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Libby Balter Blume (director)
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

4001 West McNichols Rd.
Detroit, MI 48221-3038
United States

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Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Family Life Education
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Lifespan Development
  • Human Relationships and Parenting
  • Human Sexuality
  • Infancy through Early Childhood
  • Middle Childhood through Adolescence
  • Adult Development and Aging
  • Personality Theory
  • Family Development
  • Social Psychology
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Socialization
  • Death and Dying
  • Practicum in Family Life Education
  • Practicum in Developmental Psychology
  • Developmental Research Methods
  • Ethics and Public Policy
  • Ethics in Human Services
  • Family Law
  • Personal Finance
  • Family Theory and Therapy
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Family Violence
  • Conflict Management
  • Chemical Dependence and Youth.
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

The Developmental Psychology major is designed to prepare graduates for work in child and family programs 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 qualify for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation upon completion of the CFLE-approved coursework.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.

Program Approved Since
11/1/1999. Discontinued 11/1/2018. Graduates interested in pursuing the CFLE credential can take the CFLE exam