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

Connie Marion
519-354-9714 ext. 3253

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.


    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

    Synergy Placement Notice to Students

    Pre-Placement Requirements

    St. Clair College has partnered with Synergy Gateway Inc to provide you access to Verified - a platform that is used by students at other post-secondary institutions across Ontario for the purpose of digitally collecting placement requirements related to placement(s). Synergy Gateway Inc will provide support and clearance to help with your required documentation. You will be required to complete an Electronic Requirements Verification (ERV) Review through the Verified platform in order to receive clearance to begin your clinical placement. You will be provided access to "Verified" via a secure username and password. You will use Verified to:

    • Upload your pre-placement requirements documentation for review.
    • Book your Electronic Requirements Verification (ERV) service (this is a service that reviews the documents you have uploaded and provides you a status as to your eligibility to begin placements).
    • Track your ongoing requirements compliance.

    Each student will receive log-in credentials to access Verified that will be sent to your St. Clair College email account. Please check your inbox, spam and junk mail folders for an email from the "Synergy Help Desk". You will be required to create a new password upon logging in. Be sure to view the video user guides and student guidebook to learn how to use the Verified platform.

    Any associated fees for Synergy Gateway Inc to complete the pre-placement requirements are the sole responsibility of the students.

    It is mandatory that students complete their ERV service through Verified to be eligible for your upcoming clinical placement.

    Once your account has been set up with Verified, inquiries can be directed to Synergy Gateway Inc at You will need to submit a Help Desk ticket. Their Help Desk hours are Monday to Friday: 10 am - 3 pm, excluding holidays.

    ** Please note: If you are an International student completing a placement, you will require a valid COOP Work Permit.


    (Please refer to your Synergy communications for full details)

    COVID-19 Vaccination Placement Notice to Students

    This is to make you aware that, although a COVID-19 vaccination is not required to attend St. Clair College, most of our placement sites are requiring students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to be eligible to attend. Students who are not fully vaccinated cannot be provided with a placement for their program and, therefore, will not be able to complete their programs. Please be advised that COVID-19 booster shots and/or other requirements may become mandatory for placement, however, they are not currently required.

    • Student placements are assigned. Student personal requests for placement cannot be accommodated.

      • Placements may be outside the Windsor/Chatham area.
    • Students are responsible for their own travel and costs to placements.
    • Students are responsible for the cost of scrub uniforms/footwear and equipment (such as a stethoscope, a watch with a second hand) and other incidentals as required.
    • Placement schedules may include shifts on days, afternoons, weekends and holidays throughout the program based on placement need and agency availability.

    Your Investment

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

    2023-2024 Tuition Fees  

    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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