Developmental Services Worker

Prepare for a fulfilling career in healthcare as a Developmental Services Worker with our comprehensive program. In this program you will gain the skills and practical experience needed to thrive in this high-demand field. 


North York


44 Weeks


18 Weeks



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Program Overview

Developmental Services Worker diploma program is designed to empower students with a comprehensive skill set that enables them to skillfully enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals living with disabilities. This program equips students with the tools and knowledge they need to foster improved functioning for these individuals, not only within the classroom but also in the workplace and their everyday lives.

Program Highlights

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Your Career

The Developmental Services Worker field offers excellent job opportunities. One key factor is the rising number of children with disabilities, but it’s not the only one. The aging population, a shift toward community-based care, and advances in therapy are also driving the demand for these professionals. They play a vital role in supporting people with developmental challenges of all ages, making it a promising career field.

Career Opportunities

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Program Courses

In this course, students will be introduced to definitions, terminology, causes, prevalence, signs and symptoms and approaches for a variety of syndromes and associated disabilities.

In this course, students will be introduced to the professional, ethical and legal issues facing the Social Service Field and/or Developmental Service Workers.

In this course, students will be introduced to the study of development across the lifespan, from a developmental psychology perspective.

In this course, students will be introduced students to the field of mental health and the study of psychopathology.

In this course, students will learn the emphasis that is placed on the knowledge of developmental principles and disabilities, values and skills necessary to promote, health, safety, and wellness at home and in the work environment.

In this course students will be provided with an overview of the issues and specific learning styles of students with exceptionalities within an educational setting.

In this course, students study how to present ideas clearly, concisely and effectively. The course attempts to help students perfect their oral skills so they can perform efficiently in both vocational and social situations.

In this course students will be introduced to a wide variety of topics and perspectives that are fundamental to the field of developmental disabilities. Students will acquire a working knowledge of the philosophies, changing attitudes, legislation and history of the movements.

In this course students will be provided an introduction to the principles of applied behaviour analysis and positive behavioural support.

In this course students will examine the meaning of the concept “family” and the dynamics of family life as well as the historical and diversity perspectives of family and social systems.

In this course students will build on the skills and techniques learned in Interpersonal Communication Skills to develop communication skills necessary to function appropriately and professionally in the field as accurate recorders and as advocates. Students use available technology to research and prepare reports and presentations, both individually and collaboratively.

In this course students will be introduced to a variety of person centered planning strategies.

In this course, students will gain a working knowledge of augmentative and alternative (AAC) systems and how they can be implemented to accommodate a variety of physical, perceptual, motor and cognitive disabilities.

In this course students will be introduced to basic pharmacology with emphasis on drug therapy used in the treatment of developmental disorders.

In this course students will be introduced to community development. The concept of citizenship and valued participation in community life as it relates to people with developmental disabilities.

In this course, students will examine the use of assessment instruments and recording tools used by various education and social service organizations.

In this course, students will be presented with a general overview of the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) required for the DSW Role.

In this module, the students will spend time working in a day program.

In this module, the students will spend time working in a school board.

In this module, the students will spend time working in a group home.

Admission Requirements

  1. MINIMUM OF GRADE 12 (OSSD) education or Equivalent or Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and out of school for 1 year or more) with a score of 14 or more on the Wonderlic SLE;
  2. Medical Certificate (Immunization Form) – Students must be fit to complete all components of the programs and have up-to-date immunization status.
  3. Signed Disclaimer for Students in Program Leading to Work with Vulnerable Sectors
  4. Canada wide Police Clearance of Criminal Record including Vulnerable Sector within 30 business days of starting school
  5. Current Resume
  6. Admissions Interview with an Education Consultant
  7. Meeting with the Financial Aid Officer
  8. CPR & First Aid Certificates – Students must complete STANDARD FIRST AID and BASIC RESCUER CPR prior to field placement

If you are an international student please contact us for more information regarding admission requirements

Approved as a vocational program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.