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Developmental Services Worker (Fast Track)

The Developmental Service Worker (Fast Track) is 12-month program for students interested in having a direct impact on the lives of people with developmental disabilities. You will become a highly skilled practitioner able to deliver person-directed support through courses that promote mental and physical health, develop interpersonal and interprofessional skills and foster independence and positive behaviour supports. New graduates are employed as direct support professionals or educational assistants.

Overview

Do you believe having a positive and direct impact on the lives of people with developmental disabilities is a career worth pursuing? Are you looking for personal and professional satisfaction on a daily basis? If so, Fanshawe's Developmental Services Worker (DSW) Fast Track program will guide you toward your goals in just 12 months.

Using a biopsychosocial approach to complex needs, you'll become a highly skilled and reflective practitioner supporting people of all ages to live as independently as possible, while promoting inclusive communities. Your courses will be dynamic with a focus on mental and physical health, interpersonal skills, teaching and positive behaviour supports. You'll learn how to collaborate and build relationships with family members, and to work with the diverse network of professionals who support people with developmental disabilities. And with over 700 hours of field experience with community agencies and school partners, you’ll gain the first-hand experience and confidence necessary for success. You'll also have the opportunity to transfer credits for further education at universities such as Ryerson, Windsor, Calgary and Western.

Fanshawe DSW program graduates are in high demand. The majority of grads - if not all - find fulfilling employment within six months as direct support professionals, case managers/service coordinators or as educational assistants at a school board.

 

Career Information

Developmental Services Worker (Fast Track)

Graduates of Fanshawe's Developmental Services Worker (Fast Track) program may find employment opportunities in working with people with developmental disabilities in a variety of settings such as in their homes, day programs providing employment and/or leisure support, working on a clinical or case coordination teams, or in schools as educational assistants, and camps. New graduates are employed as direct support professionals or educational assistants.

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Developmental Services Worker (Fast Track) program:

Developmental Services Worker

Support people in all stages of life who have a developmental disability. 

Educational Assistant

Act as support staff in elementary and secondary school classrooms. 

Direct Support Professional

Help people become integrated and engaged in their community or the least restrictive environment.

 

 

Learning Outcomes

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.

 

Program Availability

Canadian Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 May
London
Open
2023 May
London
Open

International Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 May
London
Open
2023 May
London
Open

Program Details

Program Code
DSW7

Program Coordinator:

Karen Klee

Delivery
Day Time
Full-Time
Credential
Ontario College Diploma
Duration
50 weeks

Admission Requirements

An Ontario College Diploma in Community Studies
OR
A University Degree in Psychology, Sociology or a related Social Sciences area
OR
A combination of relevant education and work experience in a related field as judged by the College to be equivalent to the above

English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Post-Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

See Post-Admission Requirements

Tuition Summary

London

Canadian Costs
$5,254.98
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$22,874.70
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.

 

Courses

Level 2
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

Group 1
BSCI-1207Developmental Disabilities 13
This course provides a working knowledge of service systems for people with Developmental Disabilities in Ontario including history and its impact on current services. This course also examines marginalization and its impact on the provision of support.
PHIL-1016Philosophy of Support2
This course assists students in developing a personal philosophy of support by examining their personal and professional values within the context of labelling theory, advocacy, empowerment, stereotypes, diversity, inclusion and boundaries.
HLTH-1197Health & Wellness 13
This course introduces the student to the promotion of the health and well-being of people with a developmental disability through the study of healthy body systems and basic health promotion skills. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the DSW as a member of an inter-professional health care team.
BSCI-1211Developmental Disabilities 23
This course describes the etiology and characteristics of various developmental disabilities and syndromes including the implications for support. Students will learn about causes of common disabilities and methods of prenatal assessment and screening.
HLTH-1198Health & Wellness 23
This course continues to explore the health and well-being of people with developmental disabilities through the study of common health conditions and diseases along with basic health care skills. Course content will be integrated with the role of the DSW as a member of an inter-professional health care team.
BSCI-1027Intervention Strategies 12
This course will provide the student with a body of knowledge of current intervention strategies applied in the support of persons with developmental disabilities. Students will be able to list and use the elements of the DSW Code of Ethics with respect to behavioural approaches and adhere to pertinent legislation. Students will also be able to identify the elements of behavioural learning theory, list the behavioural rules and describe how learning theory can be implemented. Crisis intervention techniques will be learned and demonstrated by students according to industry standards. Students will learn documentation requirements related to crisis intervention.
BSCI-1010Developmental Psychology3
This course examines the field of Developmental Psychology in the context of physical, cognitive, language, social & personality development throughout the human lifespan. The major theoretical models and research related to human development will be presented. Comparisons will be made between typical and atypical development throughout the lifespan. Application of theory and knowledge to persons with developmental disabilities will illustrate the various forms of support that Developmental Services Workers can provide in order to promote development throughout the lifespan.
BSCI-1020Augmentative Communication2
This course will introduce students to the field of communication and augmentative communication in particular. The course will help the students to comprehend, analyze, synthesize and evaluate the multiple factors associated with supporting and interacting with individuals who communicate using specialized communication techniques or devices.
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