Developmental Services Worker
Program Code: 1207
School: School of Community and Health Studies
Program Type: Post-secondary program
Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters
Start Date: Fall
Location: Ashtonbee Campus
Centennial College’s Developmental Services Worker program is highly regarded by established professionals, graduates, families, service agencies and people who have intellectual disabilities.
The two-year offering falls under the School of Community and Health Studies umbrella and will offer a strong foundation in the field of Intellectual Disabilities. It will also ensure you are equipped with the critical skills and knowledge to start your career directly upon graduation.
The program curriculum will reflect best practices, current and relevant knowledge, and address up-to-date issues. It will also emphasizes a deep understanding of:
- The life experiences of people who have intellectual disabilities;
- The nature of Intellectual Disabilities;
- Values clarification;
- Critical and reflective thinking;
- Problem solving;
- Affecting positive change;
- Communication and team work;
- Personal support requirements and techniques;
- Team skills;
- Time management;
- Accessing resources.
Helping people to fill valued social roles as a part of society, teaching and the provision of personal support will be among some of the skills you will develop. These skills will be applied through in-class, hands-on practice as well as field placement opportunities.
Once you complete the Developmental Services Worker program, you will support individuals of all ages who have Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities. Support can be provided to individuals in their homes, at work, in schools, and to their families.
Your goal as a Developmental Services Worker will be to enhance the capacity of people with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities to function in all aspects of community living and to support their full inclusion in all aspects of society.
|Course Code||Course Title||Location|
|COMM-160/COMM-161||College Communications 1||Ashtonbee Campus|
|CS-102||Interpersonal Skills Development||Ashtonbee Campus|
|DSWP-110||Introduction to the Field||Ashtonbee Campus|
|DSWP-112||Valued Social Roles||Ashtonbee Campus|
|DSWP-115||The Nature of Intellectual Disability||Ashtonbee Campus|
|DSWP-121||Health Promotion And Personal Well-Being||Ashtonbee Campus|
|GNED-135||Social Psychology||Ashtonbee Campus|
|Course Code||Course Title||Location|
|COMM-170/171||College Communication 2||Ashtonbee Campus|
|DSWP-113||Supports for Personal Health Care||Ashtonbee Campus|
|DSWP-119||Community, Family and Role||Ashtonbee Campus|
|DSWP-120||Introduction to Teaching||Ashtonbee Campus|
|DSWP-125||Preparation For Practice||Ashtonbee Campus|
|GNED-500||Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action||Ashtonbee Campus|
|Course Code||Course Title||Location|
|DSWP-124||Working Effectively in a Small Group||Ashtonbee Campus|
|DSWP-206||Professional Writing||Ashtonbee Campus|
|DSWP-214||Research 1||Ashtonbee Campus|
|DSWP-217||Field Seminar 1||Ashtonbee Campus|
|DSWP-218||Field Placement 1||Ashtonbee Campus|
|DSWP-220||Teaching Skills||Ashtonbee Campus|
|Course Code||Course Title||Location|
|DSWP-223||Career Preparation||Ashtonbee Campus|
|DSWP-224||Research 2||Ashtonbee Campus|
|DSWP-227||Field Seminar 2||Ashtonbee Campus|
|DSWP-228||Field Placement 2||Ashtonbee Campus|
|GNED||General Education Elective||Ashtonbee Campus|
On a personal level, providing support services to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities is highly rewarding work. The Field of Intellectual Disability continues to be an area of varied and stable employment. Graduates of this program fill a variety of work roles including educational assistant, family support worker, job coach, employment support worker, integration facilitator and residential support worker.
Organizations hiring program graduates include:
- Bloorview School
- Common Ground Co-operative Inc.
- Community Living Toronto
- Deohaeko Support Network
- Durham Association for Family Respite Services
- Durham District School Board
- Frontier College
- Kerry's Place
- L’Arche Toronto
- L’Arche Daybreak, Richmond Hill
- New Visions
- Toronto Catholic District School Board
- Toronto District School Board
- York Region School Board
Companies Offering Jobs
Bloorview School, Common Ground Co-operative Inc., Community Living Toronto, Deohaeko Support Network, Durham Association for Family Respite Services, Nabors, Frontier College, Kerry's Place, L’Arche Toronto, L’Arche Daybreak, Richmond Hill, New Visions, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Toronto District School Board , York Region School Board
- School of Community and Health Studies faculty is guided by years of study and work in the Field of Intellectual Disabilities and by personal relationships with people who have intellectual disabilities.
- Coursework will include projects, seminars, community observations, Internet searches, teamwork and electronic communication.
- The supervised field placements will be offered in semester three (two days per week) and semester four (three days per week).
- The location of Centennial College’s Ashtonbee Campus will enable you to access a large number of field placement opportunities and employment opportunities upon graduation.
As a Developmental Services Worker program grad, you will have the ability to:
- Conduct yourself 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 the health and well-being of people with Intellectual 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 strategies and plans that lead to improved personal job performance and the maintenance of you own well-being.
Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in an articulated program with selected universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow graduates to apply academic credit towards further study.
Ryerson University. Graduates with a B grade average or better can apply to Ryerson’s two-year post-diploma degree completion program, Bachelor of Applied Arts in Disability Studies.
Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in an articulated program with select universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships will allow you to apply academic credit towards further study.
The Developmental Services Worker program’s educational partners are:
- Davenport University (BS - Health Services Administration)
- Guelph-Humber (Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Community Social Services)
- Lakehead University (Bachelor of Social Work)
- Nipissing University (various Bachelor of Arts degrees)
- Ryerson University (Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies. Graduates with a B grade average or better can also apply to Ryerson’s two-year post-diploma degree completion program, Bachelor of Applied Arts in Disability Studies)
- University of Windsor (Bachelor of Arts)
- University of Windsor (Bachelor of Arts Honours Disability Studies)
- This DSW program enables the graduate to fill a variety of work roles (i.e. educational assistant, support worker, residential support worker and employment supporter)
- The location of Centennial College enables students to access a large number of Field Placement Opportunities and employment opportunities upon graduation
- Faculty within the DSW program are guided by years of study and work in the Field of Intellectual Disabilities and by personal relationships with people who have intellectual disabilities
Common Ground Co-operative Inc.
Community Living Toronto
Deohaeko Support Network
Durham Association for Family Respite Services
L’Arche Daybreak, Richmond Hill
Toronto Catholic District School Board
Toronto District School Board
- Educational Assistant
- Support Worker
- Residential Support Worker
- Family Support Worker
- Employment Supporter
- Job Coach
- Community Disability Worker
- Integration Facilitator
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
- English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
- You will receive an invitation to attend an Developmental Service Worker Admission session shortly after you apply to the program. It is important that you attend the session to make sure that this program is the right fit for you.
1. Apply Online
Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.
If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.
If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.
All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.
2. Submit Documents
Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.
Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.
Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).
For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.
3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission
Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.
You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.
You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.
When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.
4. Pay Fees
Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.
You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.
5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)
Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.
Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April
Your web-registration will not open if:
You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.
Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.
Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.
|Student||Tuition (2 Semesters)||Incidental Fees||Total|