Developmental Services Worker Ontario College Diploma | DSW_D
The Developmental Services Worker (DSW) diploma program's part-time stream prepares you for a meaningful career working with people of all ages who have special needs such as developmental disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, dual diagnosis, and multiple handicaps. The main goal of our DSW program is to support these individuals to be a part of our community. As a DSW student, you will learn many valuable skills that can be used to promote the development and maintenance of the physical health, mental health, and personal empowerment of individuals with special needs. A significant number of field placement hours are incorporated into the DSW program, providing students with opportunities for the real-life application of skills and knowledge learned in the classroom.
DSW graduates are employed by community agencies, school boards and families in a variety of jobs: residential counsellor, educational assistant, adult day program counsellor, recreationist, seniors' support worker and independent contract staff.
As a DSW, you will truly make a difference in the lives of other people.
The DSW Apprenticeship Option!
The DSW program now offers an apprenticeship option to students who are employed in developmental services. Apprenticeship provides students with the opportunity to continue working, while the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities (MTCU) pays for approximately 80 per cent of their college course fees. Apprentices are required to learn skills on the job, while also completing their college courses. To be eligible for apprenticeship, students must be employed full or part time in developmental services, be 18 years of age, have a Canadian social insurance number, have completed Grade 12 or the equivalent, and have the approval of their employer.
Note: When registering for courses in the Developmental Services Worker diploma program, online courses are available for some classes, they are listed as section 009. In-class courses are listed as section 007. If you have any questions about the registration process, please call 416.675.6622 ext. 3335.