Developmental Services Worker

Take on a rewarding career where you can make a difference in the lives of individuals who have special needs by learning how to effectively support their emotional, mental, physical, and social needs.

You'll first learn about the stages of human development, the types of developmental disabilities, and the range of community supports. In the following semesters, you will learn intervention techniques, person-centered planning, abnormal psychology/dual diagnosis, basic pharmacology, how to support people with autism, augmentative forms of communication, and prevention of and effective responses to people who have been abused. You will also develop the relationship building and critical thinking skills required to assist people with intellectual disabilities in identifying problems and solutions.

In-class learning will be complemented by extensive hands-on experience gained through five block placements, beginning with a placement one day a week for nine weeks in semester and continuing with placements in semesters three and four. This Cambrian College program has the largest number of block placements of any Ontario college

What's in it for you?

Career outcomes*

  • Community Support Worker
  • Educational/teaching assistant
  • Seniors program counsellor
  • Day program counsellor
  • Classroom assistant in a daycare program

Average Salaries*

Across these career outcomes, salaries in Canada range from:

$33,200 to $44,800

Fast-track options may be available through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and/or Advanced Standing if you have related work experience or a related diploma/degree. There are also opportunities for summer and/or part-time employment with local organizations.

Plan your future

Next Session start

September 2017

Available delivery options

  • Full-Time

Graduate in 2019*

*Minimum Full time length is 2 years