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, diversity, critical thinking, creativity, democratic governance and global leadership.

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

TLAC PROGRAMS

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UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

TLAC offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Interdisciplinary Studies, 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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GLOBAL ONLINE EDUCATION

Providing greater opportunities and flexibility for students, TLAC offers online degree programs, in addition to many individual Web-based classes.

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Certificates

TLAC offers several types of certificates for students as well as Texas Teacher Certifications

Teaching, Learning & Culture

Endowed Chairs

Endowed Chairs


DR. KAY WIJEKUMAR

Houston Endowment Inc. Endowed Chair in Urban Education

Dr. Kay Wijekumar is Houston Endowed Chair in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University. She also serves as the Director for the Center for Urban School Partnerships (CUSP). Dr. Wijekumar holds degrees in Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, and Instructional Technology and utilizes all those degrees to help children in our schools. She is a passionate advocate for strong evidence-based literacy education for all children and believes that all children are capable of learning to read and write proficiently. Her work focuses on developing and testing intelligent tutoring systems to support literacy education, providing teachers with strong professional development, and ensuring that teachers have the support of school leaders to implement evidence-based practices.

DR. ROGER HOWE

Curtis D. Robert Endowed Chair in Mathematics Education

Dr. Howe has been at the forefront of advancing mathematics for over 50 years, best known for his pioneering work in representation theory which allows mathematicians to translate abstract algebraic problems into a more simplified form of linear algebra. He received his doctorate from the University of California Berkeley and, after a long career at Yale University, will join the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture where he will continue his work to improve the quality of mathematics education.

DR. CHERYL CRAIG

Houston Endowment Inc. Endowed Chair in Urban Education

Dr. Craig is a nationally renowned scholar from the University of Houston where she was previously employed as a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She received her doctorate from the University of Alberta, Canada and her research focuses on the influence of school reform agendas on teachers’ knowledge developments and the unintended consequences that school reform initiatives and educational policies may have on student learning.

DR. MICHAEL DE MIRANDA

Claude H. Everett, Jr. Endowed Chair in Education

Before coming to Texas A&M, Dr. de Miranda spent 18 years as a professor in the Department of Electrical Computer Engineering and the School of Education at Colorado State University. His research focused on the development of young STEM educators, specifically in learning, cognition and instruction in engineering and technology education.

PROGRAMS

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