Thames Campus - Chatham
Two Year - Ontario College Diploma (delivered in less than 1 year)
519-354-9714 ext. 3253
A University Degree in Humanities or Social Science with at least one course in Introductory Psychology and Developmental Psychology or a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Child and Youth Worker or Educational Support.
This post-graduate program provides individuals with an opportunity to complete the Developmental Services Worker diploma program in an intensive ten month period. This additional background allows for a combination of skills important in the DSW field. 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
- One field placement experience at the end of the program
- An effort made to match students to their home community where possible
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 during the second semester 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 are also eligible to participate in a Transfer Agreement between the DSW, CYW or the ECE program.
The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year for YEAR ONE students are:
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.