The Department of Teaching, Learning & Culture

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, Dean of The School of Education and Human Development 

From Our Former Students

“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 Education, 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



Professor Emeritus

Dr. Mary Margaret Capraro is a Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture. She has been at TAMU for 17 years. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi. She joined Texas A & M University in 2000 as a clinical professor in Mathematics Education. She earned a position as an Assistant Professor in 2007 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2016. Her research interests include teacher knowledge and preparation in mathematics education and student understanding of mathematical concepts. She was previously employed with the Miami Dade County Schools as both a teacher and an assistant principal. She has over 90 peer-reviewed articles and 125 national and international presentations. Dr. Capraro was the Montague scholar from the College of Education and Human Development in 2008. She is currently Co-PI of the Aggie STEM Center, Teacher Quality, and the STEM Collaborative grants working extensively with public schools and school districts in Texas planning mathematics PDs and designing interdisciplinary project-based learning activities. She is associate editor of the Journal of Mathematics Education. During the summers of 2015 and 2016 she received a grant for two years from the Texas Workforce Commission to conduct a residential Governors Aggie Academy camp for senior science fair winners across the state of Texas. These campers were engaged in bio-chemistry, food chemistry, veterinary science, and engineering. Dr. Capraro believes students should be actively engaged in constructing their own knowledge. Her classes contain tasks for engaging students to participate in mathematical activities where they can explore numerous ideas and concepts. She treats each student with respect and convey my expectation for them to devote their best to learning in my courses. Dr. Capraro has taught undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and EdD. classes through face-to-face, hybrid, online, and study abroad formats, which attests to the versatility of her teaching.

Journal Editorship

Associate Editor, Journal of Mathematics Education
Associate Editor, Middle Grades Research Journal

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