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.

students studying on computer for teacher certification


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

Gabby Parnell

Gabby Parnell

Howdy! My name is Gabby Parnell and I am currently a junior EC-6th generalist major. I am from Cypress, Texas which is right outside of Houston. After graduation in 2024, I plan on continuing my education to pursue a masters degree in either administration or curriculum development. I am so excited to be working as a UPMT with Dr. Hawk this year. 

I have always had an admiration for educators since a young age, but never saw myself being one until I graduated high school. Then, I began to have an interest in education when I started working at a church in their childcare department. I fell in love with the environment and wonderful personalities of the children, prompting me to rethink my future career. Being able to see students learn and change week to week in front of my own eyes, made me excited to teach and inspire kids.

In my free time, you can find me out walking my dog Willie Nelson, baking something sweet, or binge watching a sitcom. I have recently started getting into yoga and reading so those are some more of my favorite things to do in order to decompress. I am also a UPM for RDNG 373 for the first time too so this is a season for new experiences for me. 

My goal in this position is to foster an encouraging environment for students to feel comfortable asking questions. I want to be able to guide student’s thinking and support their findings to successfully complete this course. Additionally, I plan on being a soundboard for students and helping them discover/navigate new technological platforms. I am so stoked to be of help to my peers in this position as a UPMT and further their knowledge of technology in teaching.

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