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




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Dr. Michael Clough taught high school biology and chemistry for seven years before moving to a university research and teaching faculty position. He has received several awards for his teaching and scholarship, including the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) Outstanding Science Teacher Educator of the Year award. His more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and 340 presentations and workshops address: (1) the role of history and nature of science and technology in improving STEM education, STEM teacher education, and public STEM literacy; (2) research-based pedagogical decision-making; (3) science teachers’ crucial role in effective STEM education; (4) effective laboratory instruction; and (5) the synthesis, criticism, and clarification of extant knowledge and research in STEM education. He is a former president of the International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching (IHPST) organization (, and currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (Impact Factor: 3.179 and ISI Journal Citation Reports [169] Ranking 9/235, Education & Educational Research) and on the Editorial Board of the journal Science & Education.

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