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Program Details

  • Program Code:1207
  • School:School of Community and Health Studies
  • Credential:Ontario College Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:2 years/ 4 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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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 college diploma program falls under the School of Community and Health Studies and will offer a strong foundation in the field of supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This health program's curriculum will reflect best practices, current and relevant knowledge and address up-to-date issues. It will emphasize a deep understanding of:

  •  The life experiences of people who have disabilities 
  •  The nature of intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilites and Autism
  •  Valued social roles
  •  Advocacy
  •  Critical and reflective thinking
  •  Problem solving
  •  Effecting positive change
  •  Communication and teamwork
  •  Personal support requirements and techniques
  •  Teaching skills
  •  Time management
  •  Accessing resources

Helping people to fill valued social roles as a part of society, teaching and the provision of personal and educational support are among some of the skills you'll develop. These skills will be applied through in-class hands-on practice as well as field placement opportunities. As such, the Developmental Services Worker program will ensure you're equipped with the critical skills and knowledge to start your career directly upon graduation.

Once you complete the Developmental Services Worker program, you'll 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.

Please note: This program is taught using a combination of modalities. Courses may be delivered face-to-face, online, or in a blended/hybrid combination of both online and traditional classroom teaching

As a Developmental Services Worker program grad, you'll 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.


Career Options and Education Pathways

Career Options and Education Pathways

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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, Durham District School Board

Program Highlights

  • 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.
  • Supervised field placements will be offered in Semester 3 (two days per week) and Semester 4 (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.

Career Outlook

  • Educational assistant
  • Support worker
  • Residential support worker
  • Family support worker
  • Employment support worker
  • Job coach
  • Community disability worker
  • Integration facilitator
  • Community facilitator
  • Case worker

Education Pathways

Graduates from this Developmental Services Worker Diploma program have the opportunity to applyt their credits toward further study at teh degree level. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

Please note that each partner pathway has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the receiving partner institution.

Partner Institution Degree Program
Algoma University Honours Bachelor of Arts - multiple majors
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting or Human Resources Management or Marketing (also offered at the Brampton Campus)
Bachelor of Science - multiple majors
Athabasca University Bachelor of Professional Arts - Human Services
Carleton University Honours Bachelor of Arts - Arts, Fine Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Davenport University Bachelor of Science - Health Services Administration
Guelph-Humber, University of Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Community Social Services
Humber College Bachelor of Behavioural Science
Bachelor of Community Development
Bachelor of Child and Youth Care
Lakehead University Honours or Bachelor Degree - multiple majors
Honours Bachelor of Social Work
Laurentian University Honours Bachelor of Arts - Gerentology
Honours Bachelor of Social Work - Indigenous Social Work
Ontario Tech University  Honours Bachelor of Arts - Educational Studies and Digital Technology
Honours Bachelor of Arts - Community Development and Policy Studies (Bridge)
Honours Bachelor of Arts - Legal Studies or Political Science
Ryerson University Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies
Seneca College Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus Honours Bachelor of Arts
Windsor, University of Bachelor of Arts in Multiple Majors 
York University Honours Bachelor degree - any major
Honours Bachelor of Arts - Criminology, Law and Society
Honours Communications Studies

Please visit our website at for more information on articulation agreements.

For pathways to other Ontario post-secondary institutions, please view ONCAT.


Educational Partners

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in an articulated program with select universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow you to apply academic credit towards further study.

The Developmental Services Worker program's educational partners are:

  • Davenport University (Bachelor of Science - 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)

Placement Partners

Bloorview School, Common Ground Co-operative Inc., Community Living Toronto, Deohaeko Support Network, Durham Association for Family Respite Services, Nabors, Frontier College, L'Arche Toronto, L'Arche Daybreak, Richmond Hill, New Visions, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Toronto District School Board

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • Grade 12 English (C or U), or equivalent (minimum grade required), or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

Semester Requirements

A C Grade is required in all core courses.

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

Domestic Students

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 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 For more information go to Application Fees.

International Students

 Apply directly to Centennial College here.

2. Submit Documents

Domestic Students

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

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

International Students

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 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

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.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2021.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $2,721.00 $1,122.24 $3,843.24
International $15,385.50 $1,631.24 $17,016.74

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