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

Teaching, Learning & Culture

Endowed Chairs

Endowed Chairs

Houston Endowment Inc. Endowed Chair in Urban Education


Dr. Kay Wijekumar is Houston Endowed Chair in the School 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.

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.

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.

Claude H. Everett Jr. ’47 Endowed Chair


Learn more about SEHD’s Faculty Chairs and their namesakes.

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