Developmental Services Worker - Accelerated | St. Clair College
Program Code: K824
Status: Open
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Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
Delivered in less than 1 year
Starts: September

Emergency Alternate Delivery Plan:
Fall 2021 Emergency Alternate Delivery

Kim Smart
519-354-9714 ext. 3246

Dear Students:

This is to make you aware that many of our placement sites are requiring students to have their first COVID vaccine, as a minimum, to be eligible to attend placement. Please note that COVID vaccinations will become a part of the placement clearance requirements for fall 2021. A COVID vaccination is not a requirement to attend St. Clair College, however a vaccination will be required prior to attending some placement sites. This additional requirement will be added to the list of current vaccinations required on the Medical form for clearance.

Students without their vaccinations cannot be guaranteed a placement for their program and therefore will not be able to complete their programs. The Health Centre at St. Clair College can provide the physical exam and all other vaccinations except for the COVID vaccine. To obtain the COVID vaccination, Students must arrange an appointment through Public Health, a participating pharmacy, or their health care provider.

If you have any questions, 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 Overview

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.

Program Highlights

  • 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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Transfer Agreement

Graduates are also eligible to participate in a Transfer Agreement between the DSW, CYW or the ECE program.

Admission Requirements

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.

Field/Clinical Placements

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.

Health Requirements

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.


The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
Professionalism I
Philosophy Of Support
Developmental Disabilities I
Teaching Strategies
Safe Management Training
Social Services
Wellbeing II
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
Health Lab
Developmental Disabilities II
Person Centred Approaches
Intervention Strategies
Professionalism II
Community Building
Responding To Abuse
Placement Orientation
Theory & Practice Of Pharmacology
Dual Diagnosis
Entrepreneurial Skills For The Dsw
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
Field Placement II

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

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.

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:

  1. Conduct oneself in an ethical, competent, and accountable manner in all professional relationships
  2. Provide person-directed supports and services that respect and promote self-determination for people with developmental disabilities
  3. Provide for the safety of people with developmental disabilities, self and others in compliance with all applicable legislation, regulations and standards of practice
  4. Support health and well-being of people with developmental disabilities
  5. Employ and adapt formal and informal strategies to support the learning of people with developmental disabilities
  6. Provide leadership in the development of inclusive communities
  7. Develop professional and personal plans that enhance job performance and well-being.

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