Literacy Development Centre

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Literacy Development Centre

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Literacy Development Centre

The Literacy Development Centre is a national centre, based in WIT, that develops third level professional development programmes for adult educators, practitioners and tutors working in the adult literacy, adult education, community education and further education and training fields. The Centre offers programmes from NFQ6 to NFQW8 and is also engaged with research in the field of adult literacy and adult education, policy support with regional and national stakeholders and advocacy for the adult education practitioner and the adult learner.

The Literacy Development Centre (LDC) houses the WIT/NALA Adult Literacy Accreditation Project. This is a Department of Education (DES) supported initiative, funded by SOLAS, which was set up in 2001 following the publication of the DES White paper on Adult Education ‘Learning for Life’ (2000). 

The Centre currently supports and delivers the following programmes: the Higher Certificate in Arts in Literacy Development, a new Higher Certificate in Arts in Adult and Further Education, the BA (Ordinary) in Adult Education, BA (Honours) in Adult Education and BA (Hons) in Teaching in Adult and Further Education (Teaching Council recognised). All programmes have been developed in close consultation key stakeholders including NALA, WIT, DES, the Adult Literacy Organisers Association (ALOA) and the Irish Vocational Educational Association (IVEA), now Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI). All programmes are guided by the emancipatory and transformative values of adult education and are informed by models of good adult education practice.

The Centre offers programmes in WIT and at a number of centres nationally.

Who are we?

The Literacy Development Centre (LDC) at WIT provides third level qualifications in adult literacy and adult and further education for managers/tutors working in adult literacy, and for FE practitioners working in literacy support, at a number of centres around Ireland. The LDC incorporates the NALA/WIT accreditation project and is part-funded by SOLAS. 

The current portfolio of programmes spans undergraduate programmes from Higher Certificate to Honours Degree level in teaching and learning in further and higher education and adult education, further education, community development and adult literacy. 

All of our programmes were designed for practitioners working across the education spectrum (primary, post-primary, further, adult and higher - education) to address the CPD needs of these sectors and to reflect the changes taking place in education practice and policy. Our programmes are flexible, responsive and connect teaching with practice. We have been working with adult learners for over 30 years and have a long history of supporting adult education.

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Catherine Earle
Acting Manager, Literacy Development Centre

Email: [email protected]


Janet Syms
Project Administrator

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Karen Bunyan

Email: [email protected]

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Ann-Marie Cullen
Course Leader, BA Ordinary in Adult Education
Course Leader, BA Hons in Teaching in Further & Adult Education

Email: [email protected]


Dr. Anne Graham Cagney

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Geraldine Mernagh
Academic Lead, BA Hons in Teaching in Further & Adult Education

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Dr. Maeve O'Grady
RPL Adviser

Email: [email protected]

Eilish Roche
Eilish Roche
Course Leader, Higher Cert in Literacy Development
Course Leader, Higher Cert in Adult & Further Education

Email: [email protected]

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Latest News & Events...

pdf file link HELLIN (Higher Education Lifelong Learning Ireland Network) Conference
Theme: Enabling Lifelong Learning
When: December 8th 2017
Where: Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick
For whom: Education providers, practitioners, researchers & policy makers
Click on the pdf icon for further information

Latest Publications...

Some recent publications regarding Further Education and Training that may be of interest to you...

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SOLAS Amárach Report:
Barriers to Further Education and Training
with Particular Reference to Long Term Unemployed Persons
and Other Vulnerable Individuals
pdf icon July 2017
Department of Public Expenditure & Reform Report:
Analysis of Further Education & Training Expenditure
by Education Training Boards