Developmental Services Worker - Accelerated

Developmental Services Worker - Accelerated (2016-2017)

How to Apply

Program Code



Program Length

Three consecutive semesters, beginning in September



Contact Information

Jo Anne Nugent, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3257


The 2016/2017 fee for three semesters is
– domestic $5,756.67
– international $21,112.50.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first three semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

$750 – textbooks


Start DatesAvailability
2016 SeptemberOpen

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:
• A bachelor’s degree, or postsecondary diploma in a related field

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Additional Requirements

Note: The following additional requirements are not admission requirements. However, they will be required when applying to prospective placements during the program.

The following requirements must be completed before field placement can begin:
• Medical Certificate of Health
• Valid Standard First Aid with CPR-C and Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
• Employers who provide field placement opportunities may require students to undergo a police record check for criminal offences. Mandatory bonding is a requirement for some sectors of the corrections field. It is important for potential students to understand that the requirements noted above are beyond the control of Humber and may prevent students from completing the full program, including the field placement component, and/or securing employment. Applicants are advised to check the requirements for specific positions in which they are interested before enrolling in this program.

Note: A police record check will be requested during your program of study. In respect of the 90-day limit on validity of record checks and the types of checks required by various agencies, please do not attain a police record check prior to being accepted to the program. Faculty will support students upon arrival to the program to ensure they apply for the correct type of police documentation at the appropriate time.

Our Program

Humber’s Developmental Services Worker (DSW) – Accelerated diploma program teaches you skills to effectively promote the physical, mental and emotional health of individuals with special needs.

You’ll be taught by developmental services experts who are active in the field, in classes with comparatively low student to teacher ratios. Our curriculum is designed with input from the developmental services field, ensuring courses are current and relevant.

You’ll begin your studies by learning the stages of human development, the types of developmental disabilities and the range of available community support services for this population. Next, you’ll learn intervention techniques, person-centered planning, abnormal psychology/ dual diagnosis, basic pharmacology, supporting people with autism, augmentative forms of communication and effective responses to people who have been abused. Finally, you’ll develop skills in building interpersonal relationships and counselling.

List of Courses

How to Apply

Your Career

• Allows you to help people who have disabilities live, work and participate in their communities
• Allows you to support people with intellectual disabilities, autism, physical challenges or other special needs
• Will find you assisting people in a variety of roles:
– community support worker
– educational/teaching assistant in a school
– classroom assistant in a daycare centre
– counsellor in a seniors’ program
– residential counsellor.

Note: The learning outcomes of the Humber Educational Assistant Certificate program have been incorporated into the Developmental Services Worker program in recognition of the increasing role developmental services workers play in promoting learning, not only as educational assistants, but also as community agency and family workers.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

This diploma is the one most frequently recognized by employers as qualifying individuals to work with people of all ages who have disabilities such as autism, intellectual handicaps, physical disabilities and dual diagnosis. Graduates may apply to become members of the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD) – visit and its Developmental Services Special Interest Group (DSSIG).

Our Industry Partnerships

Our program has partnerships with an extensive list of agencies that have provided input on the curriculum and provided placement and/or employment opportunities for students/graduates.

Some of the partners include the following: Bloorview MacMillan Centre, Brampton Caledon Community Living, Central West Specialized Developmental Services, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Community Living Toronto, Peel District School Board, Reena, Rumball Centre for the Deaf, Safehaven Project for Community Living, The Salvation Army Broadview Village, Toronto Catholic District School Board, and Toronto District School Board.

Our advisory committee is comprised of people with extensive experience in the developmental services work profession, representing a variety of settings where developmental services workers are employed. Many are also members of the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD).

Work Placement

We offer a wide range of innovative and traditional placement opportunities. Program faculty will consult with you regarding your interests and preferences and then refer you to specific agencies, many located in and around the Greater Toronto Area. Placements can also be arranged within your own communities. During your second semester, you’ll complete 20 days of placement. Third-semester placement is seven weeks in length and takes place from May to June.


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