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Developmental Services Worker Programs at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a career in Developmental Services

Physical, mental and intellectual developmental disabilities can affect people of all ages. Developmental services workers (DSW) and special needs professionals work with those who have these disabilities to help them function better in the classroom, at work and in their day-to-day lives. Ontario college developmental services worker and special needs programs provide students with the knowledge and practical experience to work in this challenging but rewarding field.

If you’re interested in working with and enhancing the lives of people with various disabilities through a career in developmental services or in special needs, here’s what you need to know. More

Developmental Services Worker and Special Needs Courses

Students in special needs and developmental services worker programs at Ontario colleges will gain strong interpersonal and time management skills that will help them adapt to the difficult and demanding situations they will face in their careers. Courses will focus on learning to design case-specific plans and to provide support to children and adults where they need it – in educational institutions, out in the community and at home.

Developmental disabilities and special needs courses will also teach students about the different types of disabilities. Subjects could include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Influential social factors (abuse, poverty, etc.)
  • Education support processes
  • Crisis intervention
  • Pharmacology
  • Counselling and interview skills

Field observations and placements are a vital part of these programs, giving students firsthand experience on how to professionally and successfully react and manage individual needs.

General Developmental Services Worker and Special Needs Program Requirements

Entry-level Ontario college DSW and special needs programs require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, which includes a grade 12 English credit.

Requirements for post-graduate level developmental services programs typically include a post-secondary diploma or degree, volunteer, work or placement hours in the field and other specific post-secondary courses.

Immunizations, CPR and First Aid are common requirements for all types of programs. Be sure to check individual program requirements carefully.

Developmental Services Worker and Special Needs Jobs and Salaries

Special needs and developmental services worker jobs are found in a variety of educational and community organizations, including group homes, schools and community programs. Responsibilities will generally include counselling, education, recreation, inclusion techniques and other support practices to assist people with disabilities.

Graduates of special needs and developmental services worker programs are also eligible to transfer into degree programs when they complete their diploma.

Starting salary ranges for DSWs and special needs assistants are in the low- to mid-$30,000 range. Professionals who further their education could receive higher salaries.

Ontario Colleges Offering Developmental Services Worker and Special Needs Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of developmental services worker and special needs programs at Ontario colleges. Less

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Program Title College Campus Availability Program Delivery Start Date Website
Show details AUTISM AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE LAMBTON MAIN OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

AUTISM AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: AUTI
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details AUTISM AND BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE GEORGE BROWN WATERFRONT CAMPUS CLOSED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

AUTISM AND BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE


  • Program Length: 2 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: C405
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details AUTISM AND BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE ST. CLAIR MAIN OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

AUTISM AND BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: B935
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details AUTISM AND BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE (FULL-TIME ONLINE) ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE WAITLISTED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

AUTISM AND BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE (FULL-TIME ONLINE)


  • Program Length: 1 YEARS (PERIODS OF 12 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 3017X09F
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: DISTANCE EDUCATION
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Program Is Offered Full-Time Online.

Show details AUTISM AND BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE (FULL-TIME ONLINE) ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE OPEN Full Time 2016 - Jan Visit

AUTISM AND BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE (FULL-TIME ONLINE)


  • Program Length: 1 YEARS (PERIODS OF 12 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 3017X09F
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: DISTANCE EDUCATION
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Program Is Offered Full-Time Online.

Show details AUTISM AND BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE (FULL-TIME ONLINE) ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE OPEN Full Time 2016 - May Visit

AUTISM AND BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE (FULL-TIME ONLINE)


  • Program Length: 1 YEARS (PERIODS OF 12 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 3017X09F
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: DISTANCE EDUCATION
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Program Is Offered Full-Time Online.

Show details AUTISME ET SCIENCES DU COMPORTEMENT LA CITÉ OTTAWA OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

AUTISME ET SCIENCES DU COMPORTEMENT


  • Program Length: 2 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 71601
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: DISTANCE EDUCATION
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY GEORGE BROWN WATERFRONT CAMPUS CLOSED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: C136
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: ACCELERATED
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 4
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Intensive Delivery Of The Behavioural Science Technology Program, Leading To A Diploma In Less Than One Year, Is Available For Applicants Who Have A Bachelor'S Degree With A Major In Psychology Or A Related Discipline.

Show details BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY GEORGE BROWN WATERFRONT CAMPUS OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: C116
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Also See The Fast-Track Option For This Program.

Show details COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS ASSISTANT LAMBTON MAIN WAITLISTED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS ASSISTANT


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CDAS
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details COMMUNITY INTEGRATION THROUGH COOPERATIVE EDUCATION DURHAM OSHAWA CLOSED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

COMMUNITY INTEGRATION THROUGH COOPERATIVE EDUCATION


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CICE
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details COMMUNITY INTEGRATION THROUGH COOPERATIVE EDUCATION (CICE) CONFEDERATION THUNDER BAY CLOSED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

COMMUNITY INTEGRATION THROUGH COOPERATIVE EDUCATION (CICE)


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0175
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Community IntegrationThrough Co-Operative Education CONESTOGA DOON CLOSED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

Community IntegrationThrough Co-Operative Education


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 1343
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES LAMBTON MAIN OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: DDCP
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICE WORKER LAMBTON MAIN OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICE WORKER


  • Program Length: 1 YEARS (PERIODS OF 12 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: DSWP
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICE WORKER - ACCELERATED (CHATHAM) ST. CLAIR MAIN OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICE WORKER - ACCELERATED (CHATHAM)


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: K824
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: ACCELERATED
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES WORKER ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE WAITLISTED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES WORKER


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0436A01F
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES WORKER CAMBRIAN BARRYDOWNE (SUDBURY) OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES WORKER


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: DSWP
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES WORKER CENTENNIAL ASHTONBEE OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES WORKER


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 1207
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES WORKER CONFEDERATION THUNDER BAY OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES WORKER


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0139
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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