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

Zhanna Miller

Zhanna Miller

Howdy! My name is Zhanna Miller. I am a junior EC-6 Generalist major from Flower Mound, TX, which is north of Fort Worth. I am very excited to serve as your UPMT alongside Dr. Hawk this semester.
During my junior and senior year of high school, I began to explore the education field by taking Human Growth & Development and a practicum class where I had the opportunity to student teach in a third grade classroom. Alongside those classes, I was a member of Texas Association of Future Educators and presented a field-based project on Educational Administration. After graduating high school, I began my undergrad studies at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX with hopes of transferring here to Texas A&M. Following a successful year at Tarleton, I transferred here a year ago to begin my Aggie education as an Early Childhood Education Major.

This is my first semester as a UPMT, so I am very excited to be a resource to you and continue to learn and grow alongside you this semester. Aside from classes and this position, I am a teaching assistant at TAMU’s Becky Gates Children’s Center, involved at St. Mary’s Catholic Center and enjoy spending time with my roommates and friends. I’m a country music fan, love a good rom com, enjoy baking, and work to get a good run in when I find the time.

My goal this semester is to be a helpful resource to students and present information in a friendly way; after all, that’s how we do things here in Aggieland. I hope to grow in my knowledge of technology resources and grow as a mentor and leader as I continue my journey to become an educator. Please don’t ever hesitate to reach out… I’ll always be willing to help in whatever way I can!

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