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Teaching, Learning and Culture (TLAC) encompasses students, faculty and staff whose efforts and interests center on the many different aspects of academics, teaching and classroom education. TLAC’s mission 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.

Having two highly-ranked graduate programs within one department serves as an index of the world-class academic programs and faculty who are committed to a culture of excellence in research and discovery, and the scholarship of teaching.

-Dr. Michael de Miranda, Department Head 

in Texas for producing teachers in Math & Science, English/Reading and General Elementary

Graduate Programs, US News & World Report Online School Rankings

Curriculum & Instruction, US News & World Report Online School Rankings


“One of the things that set this program apart is that it is located within the Teaching, Learning & Culture Department at Texas A&M. There’s more to teaching than just delivering a curriculum or instructional strategy; we have to consider the influence that culture has one what we do.”

Dr. Byron William

Online Ed.D in Curriculum & Instruction


Former TLAC student teaching middlegrades


TLAC offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Interdisciplinary Studies, with one of three focuses.

Former TLAC student teaching middlegrades

Graduate Programs

The Culture and Curriculum program offers students the opportunity to learn and grow in many areas.

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Providing greater opportunities and flexibility for students, TLAC offers online degree programs, in addition to many individual Web-based classes.

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TLAC offers several types of certificates for students as well as Texas Teacher Certifications



Associate Professor

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L. Quentin Dixon works in the areas of English as a Second Language and Reading in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture in the College of Education and Human Development, Texas A & M University. She earned her Ed.D. in Human Development and Psychology, specializing in Language and Literacy, from Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 2004. Her dissertation employed multilevel modeling techniques to examine the English oral language and early literacy skills of bilingual kindergarten children in Singapore. Prior to her dissertation work, she taught English as a second language in public elementary schools near Seattle, WA. After completing her dissertation work, Dr. Dixon worked on large-scale educational program evaluations at Abt Associates for clients such as the US Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. For the national Reading First Impact Study, she took a lead role in designing an instrument for classroom observations and in training 170 field staff to use the instrument reliably to conduct observations of reading instruction in 250 schools located in 13 different states. Currently, Dr. Dixon is working on projects regarding English language learners’ writing development, including an intervention for struggling writers using technology. Dr. Dixon’s research interests focus on the language and literacy development of young bilingual children, and in using rigorous quantitative research methods to study educational questions. Dr. Dixon has published in leading journals such as Review of Educational Research, Journal of Research in Reading, Applied Psycholinguistics, and Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.

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