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 Care, Educational Support, or Liberal Arts.
Developmental Services Worker graduates specialize in supporting people with developmental and intellectual disabilities of all ages, in all aspects of life in their communities. Courses focus on community involvement, interpersonal and counseling skills, teaching positive behavioural supports and life skills, mental health intervention and pharmacology.
- Developmental Services Student Club.
- New mock apartment and lab facilities.
- Work Integrated learning offered through engagement with community agencies through activities and coursework.
- Newly revised curriculum includes community capacity building and entrepreneurial studies.
- Excellent student satisfaction ratings.
- Field placement experience at the end of the program.
- Student home community placements where possible.
Typical entry level positions include community agencies, educational assistants in schools, family support worker, and 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:
2017-2018 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.
Developmental Disabilities II
Person Centred Approaches
Responding to Abuse
Theory and Practice of Pharmacology
Field Placement II
Entrepreneurial Skills for the DSW