OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level qualify for admission to this program.
Mature students - See Admission Procedures
Developmental Services Worker graduates specialize in supporting children, adults and seniors with developmental and intellectual disabilities in all aspects of life in their communities.
Courses focus on interpersonal and counseling skills, teaching life skills, community involvement, positive behavioural supports, mental health intervention and pharmacology.
- Experienced full time faculty with experience from the field
- Two field placement experiences in second year
- An effort made to match students to their home community where possible
- Future pathways to accelerated programs including Child and Youth Care, Early Childhood Education and Autism and Behavioural Science
Typical entry level positions include:
- Developmental support professional with community agencies
- Educational assistant in schools
- Family support worker
- Recreational Assistant
Graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects including entrepreneurial opportunities. Students often find part time work prior to graduation.
Employers who provide our field placement settings require a clear POLICE RECORD CHECK for criminal offences with vulnerable sector screening before accepting a student into the field placement setting. The record check MUST be obtained by the student at the student's expense. If you are unable to obtain this police clearance you jeopardize the opportunity to complete either of your field placements.
Prior to entering the program, you must have your CPR and Standard First Aid Certification.
Due to the 24 hour nature of this field, students may be required to perform placement duties on off hours; this may include evenings.
Accepted applicants must supply proof of a satisfactory medical examination and immunization while enrolled in the first year of the program. Please be advised that lack of documented immunizations may result in the restriction of field placement and therefore, may delay or prevent completion of the program.
Graduates can be granted credit toward Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Windsor, and admission to the Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Disability Studies at Ryerson University
The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:
2016-2017 Tuition Fees
For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.
Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.
Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.
Writing for the Developmental Service Worker
Philosophy of Support
Developmental Disabilities I
Developmental Disabilities II
Person Centred Approaches
General Education Elective
Field Placement I
Safe Management Training
General Education Elective
Career Development and Professionalism
Responding to Abuse
Field Placement II
Theory and Practice of Pharmacology
Entrepreneurial Skills for the DSW
* Prior to going on your field placement, you must have your CPR and First Aid Certification