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, 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



Clinical Assistant Professor

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A Ph.D. graduate in Curriculum and Instruction: Bilingual and Bicultural Education at UT Austin, Monica Vasquez Neshyba has been involved in education for over fifteen years in various roles, including bilingual (Spanish/English) tutor, elementary teacher, bilingual curriculum coordinator, English as a second language/sheltered instruction strategist and English language learner assessment coordinator for central Texas school districts. She has also served as a program specialist for the Texas Education Agency in the Division of Student Assessment – Department of English Language Learners. In 2010-2012, she taught graduate courses for the online Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program for the University of Southern California.

Dr. Neshyba received her B.A. in Spanish from UT Austin and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Texas State University. She has presented at various local, state and national conferences on a variety of topics concerning English learners, including literacy, second language acquisition, gifted and talented education, and cultural and linguistic diversity. Dr. Neshyba’s dissertation focused on how a high school mariachi class (offered as a course) can serve as a conduit for students’ expression of identity and hopes to continue to research classrooms in various contexts as safe spaces for linguistic and cultural expression.

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