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.
- Mock apartment and lab facilities.
- Work Integrated learning offered through engagement with community agencies through activities and coursework.
- Curriculum that includes community capacity building and entrepreneurial studies.
- Excellent student satisfaction ratings.
- Field placement experience.
- 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.
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.
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 for details.
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.
You must have your CPR and Standard First Aid Certification, obtaining at your own expense. It is strongly encouraged that this is completed before entering the program.
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.
The curriculum below is for incoming students:
* Prior to going on your field placement, you must have your CPR and First Aid Certification.
This is to make you aware that, although a COVID-19 vaccination is not required to attend St. Clair College, all of our clinical placement sites are requiring students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to be eligible to attend. Students who are not fully vaccinated cannot be provided with a clinical placement for their program and therefore will not be able to complete their programs. Please be advised that COVID-19 booster shots and or other requirements may become mandatory for clinical placement, however, they are not currently required.
If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, please contact our St. Clair College Health Centre at 519-972-2727 ext. 4484 (in Windsor) or 519-354-9100 ext. 3729 (in Chatham).
Program Physical Demands Analysis
Program Vocational Learning Outcomes
Developmental services Worker (Ontario College Diploma) (MTCU Code 51641)
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Conduct oneself in an ethical, competent, and accountable manner in all professional relationships
- Provide person-directed supports and services that respect and promote self-determination for people with developmental disabilities
- Provide for the safety of people with developmental disabilities, self and others in compliance with all applicable legislation, regulations and standards of practice
- Support health and well-being of people with developmental disabilities
- Employ and adapt formal and informal strategies to support the learning of people with developmental disabilities
- Provide leadership in the development of inclusive communities
- Develop professional and personal plans that enhance job performance and well-being.