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.

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, Department Head 

in Texas for producing teachers in Math & Science, English/Reading and General Elementary


Online Master's in Curriculum & Instruction, US News & World Report Online School Rankings


“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 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.

students studying on computer for teacher certification


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

Welcome from Dr. de Miranda

Teaching, Learning & Culture

From Dr. de Miranda

Howdy!  Welcome to the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture,

True to the Land-Grant Act and mission signed by Abraham Lincoln on July 2, 1862 “to educate people…” the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture is at the epicenter of excellence in advancing pedagogy, discovery and research across multiple educational contexts in undergraduate and graduate education. We are a world-class faculty with diverse research interests organized within our signature thrust areas of, a) Advanced Literacy Studies, b) Technology and Teacher Education, c) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEM) and d) Multicultural Education.

We are home to over 1190 undergraduate students and are the largest producer of teachers in the high-need fields of math and science in the State of Texas. We take pride in the advanced education of 493 graduate students (Ph.D., Ed.D., MS and M.Ed.) enrolled on campus and through our distance education degree programs. Our expectation is that our students from the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture at Texas A&M University will become the world’s next generation of inventive classroom teachers, academicians, researchers, school-based professionals, education policy leaders, and public leaders in their communities.

Members of our department are thought leaders in intelligent tutoring systems, cyber learning, urban education, English as a second language, reading and writing literacies, professional teacher preparation, and STEM education. An index of their expertise and research collaboration is reflected in $7.1M in new awards (2018) from prestigious agencies like the National Science Foundation, US Department of Education – Institute of Education Sciences, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas Education Agency, local school districts, and industry partners. In total, our faculty is engaged in interdisciplinary collaborative extramural research projects funded in excess of $17.1M

Our faculty is highly recognized for their scholarship and hold prestigious positions as Executive Editors, Editors-in-Chief, Associate Editors, and Editorial Board Members in journals such as:

Reading and Writing: An interdisciplinary journal

Teachers and Teaching: theory and practice

Teaching and Teacher Education

The Journal of Urban Education and Practice

The International Journal of Reading Psychology

The International Journal of STEM Education

The Journal for STEM Education Research

The Journal of Mathematics Education

The Journal for Research in Mathematics Education

The Journal of Educational Psychology

The International Journal of Design and Technology Education

The International Journal of Learning Environments

In addition to active engagement in scholarly journals, our faculty have authored books, book chapters and textbooks highly regarded in education, teacher preparation, curriculum development, literacy, mathematics education, learning psychology and disabilities, and educational curriculum history. These achievements serve as an indicator of the depth and quality of expertise our faculty bring to our students and communities we serve.

The Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture is home to four highly prestigious Endowed Chairs. The Endowed Chairs include two Houston Endowment Endowed Chairs in Urban Education, the Curtis D. Robert Endowed Chair in Mathematics Education, and the Claude H. Everett, Jr. 47’ Endowed Chair in Education. In addition, the Department is home to two AERA Fellows, a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and the only member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences within the College.

This departmental web site provides in-depth information about us. It highlights each faculty member and his or her research group, our degree and teacher certification pathways, research centers, outreach and our world-class administrative staff. I encourage you learn more about us, and how we may serve as a catalyst to you reaching your educational and professional goals. The Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture provides an exceptional educational and research environment for talented individuals who dream of uncovering new frontiers in education.

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