Program Type

  • Diploma

Program Duration

  • 48 Weeks

Program Description

This program is designed to help students to assist those with developmental, learning and /or physical disabilities or mental disorders. The programs are highly educative, incorporating the latest skills and knowledge that will allow the students to excel professionally.

In this program students learn Interpersonal Communication, Health Promotion, Abnormal psychology, Developmental Psychology, Sociology, Team Work, Counselling techniques, Behavioural Management, Pharmacology and Human Sexuality. Students interested in pursuing a career as a Developmental Service Worker should be patient, understanding and have the ability to work under psychologically difficult circumstances. The core value of this program, guides the Developmental Service Worker’s behaviour in terms of his/her ethical responsibilities to the individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, colleagues and to his/her own professional competence.

Career Opportunities

The Developmental Service Worker diploma program is designed for people interested in working with children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities. After completion, Developmental Service Worker program graduates work in variety of positions such as Educational Assistant, Employment Support, Family Support and Integration Facilitator. At the end of this program, participants will have the skills and abilities to pursue entry-level positions in such areas as: Mental Health Worker, Early Child Educator, Child Welfare Worker, Halfway House Worker, Community Liaison Worker, Instructor for Developmentally delayed and Life Skills Coach.

Course Content Includes:

  • Introduction to Developmental Disabilities
  • Teaching Strategies
  • Family Dynamics
  • Pharmacology
  • Personal Care
  • Teaching Strategies
  • Report Writing
  • Human Sexuality
  • Counselling Techniques
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Concepts in Behavioural Management


As a mandatory component of our programs, all students are required to complete an off-site externship placement. Placements occur at various locations throughout the communities. This essential module allows students to exercise the skills learned in class, learn specific applications and to further enhance their learning experience in the selected facilities.

Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

  • Grade 10 Alberta High School or equivalent from another province
  • Provide completed current immunization report
  • Provide criminal record check
  • Successful result on entrance exam (Wonderlic)

 Mature Admission

  • Grade 10 Alberta High School or equivalent from another province
  • Out of school for two years
  • 19 years of age or older
  • Successful result on entrance exam (Wonderlic)
  • Provide completed current immunization report
  • Provide criminal record check

Course Features

  • Lectures
  • Quizzes
  • Placement
  • Language English

Campus Offered

  • Location Calgary