Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Developmental Services Worker

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Program Information

School:Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Faculty:Humber Lakeshore Campus / School of Social and Community Services
Field of Study:Developmental Services Worker
Description:The Developmental Services Worker (DSW) diploma program prepares you for a meaningful career in supporting people with developmental disabilities and their families. You will learn how to promote the development and maintenance of health and well-being, life skills, and personal empowerment of people with developmental disabilities. You will also learn how to promote the development of inclusive communities that accept people with disabilities as valued and participating citizens.

Developmental services workers play an increasing role in promoting learning not only as educational assistants, but also as community agency and family workers. To this end, students study basic theoretical and practical theory and acquire practical skills in the social service, education, and health areas.
URL:Developmental Services Worker at Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $3,817
International: $14,671

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

• Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy in this publication • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, U or M courses in addition to those listed above

Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 213] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 80] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 76]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
• Attendance at an information/interview session, which includes: – written documentation from employers of at least 60 hours of secondary school co-op, volunteer or paid work experience, preferably with people who have developmental disabilities. Experience in other social service areas will be considered. The letter of reference should comment on your performance during your work experience. You can provide more than one letter of reference if applicable – completion of a written questionnaire – completion of an English writing sample (topic assigned at session), which will be assessed for English proficiency. Applicants living 200 kilometres or more from the Greater Toronto Area may make alternative arrangements to do the English writing sample Before their field placement may begin, students must supply: a Medical Certificate of Health, valid Standard First Aid Certificate, Heartsaver AED (C), and an up-to-date Police Record Check.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on August 05, 2017

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