Vision & History

TLAC was established in 1969. Nine individuals have served at the level of department head:

  • Dr. Glenn Ross Johnson: 1969 –1974
  • Dr. Robert E. Shutes: 1974 – 1980
  • Dr. William H. Peters: 1981 – 1990
  • Dr. James B. Kracht: 1990-1993
  • Dr. Donna Wiseman: 1993 – 1995 (interim)
  • Dr. William H. Rupley: 1995 – 1997
  • Dr. Francis E. Clark: 1997 – 1999 (interim)
  • Dr. John P. Helfeldt: 1999 – 2003
  • Dr. Dennie Smith: 2003-2011
  • Dr. Yeping Li: 2011-2015
  • Dr. Lynn Burlbaw & Dr. Victor Willson 2015-2016 (co-interim)
  • Dr. Michael de Miranda 2015-present

Over the years, TLAC has established a solid foundation of teacher preparation in undergraduate elementary and secondary education. In response to growing recognition to the need for more practical experience, the department continues to develop new programs and new approaches for the preparation of teachers. Many efforts have been supplemented by funded and non-funded research studies, grants and dissertations. In response to Texas legislature and national forums in the 1990s, the interdisciplinary studies degree program, which incorporates more field-based courses and experiences, was established. Today, preservice teachers usually complete 750 hours in various field-based settings.

TLAC Vision

Transform individuals, schools and society with a global view through our engaged scholarship, reflective teaching and collaborative service.

TLAC Mission

The central mission of TLAC is to create experiences that advance teaching, research and service through the application of knowledge in the preparation and development of quality educators; placing high value on collaboration, diversity, critical thinking, creativity, democratic governance and global leadership.

TLAC Values

  • Strive to exceed students' expectations.
  • Treat all people with respect and dignity.
  • Aware and accommodating of cultural differences.
  • Engage in public moral exchanges concerning the education and well-being of a community. 
    (Improve society and address important cultural and socio-economic problems.) 
  • Establish a friendly, trustworthy and accepting organization for our students.
  • Value the interrelationships and interdependency of our department with public schools and the community.
  • Establish relationships through trust, respect and integrity.
  • Commit to seeking justice and compassion in our society.
  • Encourage intellectual autonomy, honesty and integrity.
  • Support collaborative forms of decision-making.
  • Communicate and resolve differences in an open and professional manner.
  • Accept responsibilities for our actions.
  • Recognize and own problems that occur.
  • Spend time looking for solutions rather than looking to blame.
  • Committed to continuous learning for students and ourselves.
  • Value the attributes of diversity in all aspects of our work.
  • View all people's opinions as important and critical.
  • Support each other in our work.
  • Accept responsibilities in our groups in an equitable fashion.
  • Use data to support and make prudent decisions.
  • We do what we say we are going to do.

TLAC Policy Statement on Diversity

TLAC embraces and advances cultural diversity, multicultural education and inclusive pedagogy. TLAC is an open and affirming department for all people, including but not limited to those who are subjected to racial profiling, hate crimes, heterosexism and violence. TLAC does not tolerate discrimination, bullying, violence or vandalism and insists that appropriate action be taken against those who perpetrate discrimination, bullying, violence or vandalism. TLAC affirms its dedication to non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, academic rank, professional status, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, domestic partner status, immigration status, national origin, language, veteran status or disability in employment, programs and services. Texas A&M University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity institution. Our commitment to non-discrimination and affirmative action embraces the entire university community including faculty, staff and students.

Program Review

TLAC's program review is a comprehensive Academic Program Review (APR) WEB Document that provides information about the department, faculty and students as well as assesses the strength and challenges of the department.

TLAC is very appreciative of Dr. Cathy Loving's leadership for involving faculty, staff and students in compiling this complex report.

Executive Summary; Faculty and Saff; Students, Outcomes and Assessments; Resources; Programs;
Faculty Vitae; Appendices

Program Review Itinerary; External Review Final Report; TLAC Response to External Report