Developmental Services Worker

Developmental Services Worker

Program Code
Ontario College Diploma

Program requirements

  • 19 Mandatory Courses
  • 2 Communications Courses
  • 3 General Education Courses
  • 2 Field Placements

Program Description

Students develop the knowledge and skills required to support people with developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Utilizing person directed planning, students advocate for self-determination in individuals with developmental disabilities, and facilitate the development of natural supports and opportunities for full community participation.

Areas of study includes intellectual, physical and mental disabilities, spectrum disorders, support options, health and well-being, social relationships, active lifestyles, community building, stages of human development, augmentative communication, pharmacology and medication administration, teaching and intervention strategies, support planning for individuals and their family, counselling, and professional development. Students consolidate this learning in fourteen weeks of supervised field placements.

Program course requirements
Course Title Course Code Equivalents Mandatory
Active Living DEVS1008  
Augmentative Communication DEVS1009   Mandatory
Autism Spectrum Disorders DEVS1014 DEVS2014 - Autism Spect Disorder-ASD(ODE)
Behavioral and Family Supports DEVS2019   Mandatory
Body Systems and Disorders DEVS1012 DEVS1004 - Drug Class. and Body Sys
Day/Community Placement DEVS2020  
Dev Serv: Issues and Trends DEVS2017  
Dual Diagnosis DEVS2016 DEVS2007 - Dual Diagnosis
DEVS2026 - Dual Diagnosis (ODE)  
Educational Placement DEVS1015  
Experiences in Language Arts ECED1013  
Gerontology in Dev Services DEVS2018 DEVS2002 - Gerontology
DEVS2023 - Gerontology (ODE)
Health Skills HLTH2000   Mandatory
Interpersonal Skills HUMN2004  
Intervention Strategies DEVS2001 DEVS2024 - Facilitative Techniques (ODE)
Intro to Dev. Disabilities DEVS1007  
Lifespan Development HUMN1012  
Math, Science and Creative Art ECED1021  
Medication Administration HLTH2002  
Person Directed Planning DEVS1011 DEVS1017 - Person Directed Planning (ODE)   Mandatory
Pharmacology HLTH2001  
Residential Placement DEVS2021  
Social Relationships DEVS1013   Mandatory
Social/Emotional Health/Behav ECED2011  
Supportive Counselling DEVS2015 DEVS2003 - Supportive Counselling
Teaching Strategies DEVS1010 HUMN1004 - Tech In Human Services

Additional Info

Applicants must have an up-to-date immunization record, Standard First Aid and CPR level C or HCP certification before proceeding on field placement. It is recommended that First Aid training is completed prior to program entry.