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

Dr. Emily Cantrell

Dr. Emily Cantrell

Clinical Associate Professor

Emily (Binks) Cantrell, Ph.D., is a clinical associate professor of reading and language arts education in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in reading and multicultural education, co-directs the Texas A&M Reading Clinic, serves as the reading/language arts program area coordinator, and also serves as the Lohman Learning Community coordinator. She is a member of the Christian Faculty Network and an advisor for Aggies Reaching Out and TAMU United Way. She has published in many international journals and presented at many international conferences on the topics of teacher knowledge of and preparation in research-based reading instruction. She is actively involved with the International Dyslexia Association, serving on the Editorial Board of Annals of Dyslexia, as a trainer and team leader for the Knowledge and Practice Standards review of teacher preparation programs, and founding/advising the local Brazos Valley chapter. She is also a consultant for the National Council on Teacher Quality and worked several years with Neuhaus Education Center as an instructor for inservice teacher professional development programs. Dr. Cantrell has taught first and third grades in a small, rural district in Texas and also taught 3-5 year olds with autism. She has worked with a variety of struggling readers as a reading specialist and has also closely mentored new elementary teachers throughout Houston ISD in their teaching of reading. Prior to returning to A&M, Dr. Cantrell was an Assistant Professor and Research Coordinator at the University of Hull in England. Dr. Cantrell is a firm believer that teachers are the most powerful tool in the education system and is passionate about increasing the quality of preparation and support teachers receive in order to meet the diverse needs of their students.

Journal Editorship

Editorial Board, Annals of Dyslexia

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