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

Sarah Heinze

Sarah Heinze

Howdy! My name is Sarah Heinze and I am a senior EC-6 major from Cedar Park, Texas. I can’t wait to be able to instill in my students the love of learning and help them reach their full potential. 

When I am not studying or in class, you will find me hanging out with my friends, my family, or my dogs! I am a new member educator for Sigma Phi Lambda and I am very excited to help and serve the new member class this semester! I also love to adventure and explore the world around me through hiking, scuba diving, camping, and traveling. Another passion of mine is Camp Allen which I have spent my last three summers serving on the senior staff team. I have learned so much about myself and my love for teaching from my time serving at camp. 

This is my first semester as a University Peer Mentor in Technology.  I look forward to helping EDCI 365 students with their technology projects this fall! I am very excited about continuing my learning with education and technology with you this semester!

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