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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. Click here to read more about TLAC.

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

Graduate Programs, US News & World Report Online School Rankings

Curriculum & Instruction, US News & World Report Online School Rankings

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

Former TLAC student teaching middlegrades

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

Secondary Certification

aggie TEACH

aggieTEACH


Join the profession that transforms all other professions. TEACH.

Double your career potential by obtaining your Texas high school teaching certificate as you earn your bachelor’s degree! The College of Education and Human Development, through the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture (TLAC), offers three (3) pathways for non-education majors to seek a secondary teacher certification through the aggieTEACH program. Explore aggieTEACH certifications that offer a minor in secondary education for undergraduate students or a secondary graduate certification program for applicants who are near degree completion or with an earned bachelor’s degree. The aggieTEACH programs are the perfect professional endorsement for those who are interested in teaching middle and high school subjects such as mathematics, science, English, history, social studies and in computer science.

PARTICIPATING COLLEGES  &  CAMPUSES


  1. College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
  2. College of Engineering
  3. College of Geosciences*
  4. College of Liberal Arts
  5. College of Science
  6. College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences*
  7. Galveston, Department of Marine Biology
  8. Secondary Graduate Certification Program / Post-Baccalaureate (TLAC)

*2021

PROGRAM OVERVIEW


Pathways One and Two are for those who seek a minor in secondary education minor. Pathway Three is available for undergraduates who are near completion of an undergraduate degree or an earned bachelor’s degree who pursue a secondary graduate certification.

Pathway 1

Early Entry into the Secondary Education Minor through Your Degree Program

Pathway 2

Traditional Secondary Education Minor

Pathway 3

Secondary Graduate Certification Program / Post-Baccalaureate

MINOR IN SECONDARY EDUCATION

Pathway 1, Early Entry into the Secondary Education Minor through Your Degree Program

In this approach, 18 credit hours for a Secondary Education Minor plus one semester of clinical teaching are embedded throughout students’ degree plan to support their interest for enrolling in a teaching certification program. This path is perfect for students who want to begin satisfying the requirements for the aggieTEACH Program in their freshman or sophomore year.

 

Pathway 2, Traditional Secondary Education Minor

This route offers 18 credit hours for a Secondary Education Minor plus one semester of clinical teaching are added in the last 2 years of the student’s degree plan. This path is ideal for students who enter the aggieTEACH Program during their junior year.

In addition, both pathways require:

  • Majoring in a subject area for which teacher certification options are available, and
  • Completing content courses listed on the teaching Field Plan for the desired area of certification (most will overlap with courses in the declared major), and
  • Enrolling in one semester of clinical teaching after all coursework for the major degree and Secondary Education minor are completed, and
  • Passing score on the TExES Teaching Certification exams.

Students must be formally admitted into the aggieTEACH Program (see prerequisites below) in order to be eligible for the minor in Secondary Education. Students interested in obtaining a minor in Secondary Education should contact a TLAC undergraduate advisor in Harrington Tower.

 

SECONDARY GRADUATE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Pathway 3, Secondary Graduate Certification / Post Baccalaureate Program

The Secondary Graduate Certification Program leads to teacher certification (EC-6, Grades 4-8, or 7-12). It is designed for those students at or near the senior year of their undergraduate degree or who have completed a baccalaureate degree. A paid internship as a classroom teacher and the opportunity to apply all coursework toward the Master of Education degree are unique features of this program. Candidates are admitted upon recommendation of departmental advisors and progress through summer, fall and spring semesters as a cohort. The certification program requires completion of 21 graduate semester credit hours and the successful completion of appropriate state examinations.

The Secondary Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education (also referred to as the Post-Baccalaureate Program) is designed for students at or near the senior year of their undergraduate degree, or graduates with a 4-year degree, and who are now interested in earning a secondary teaching certificate. This pathway has two tracks.

  • Track 1: Teacher Certification: Candidates earn a teaching certificate and 21 graduate credits.
  • Track 2: Teacher Certification with a Masters of Education. Candidates earn teaching certificate and master’s degree in education (36 credit hours), with a focus in curriculum and instruction.

REQUIREMENTS FOR PATHWAYS  1 + 2


Minor in Secondary Education – Early Entry and Traditional

Program Prerequisites:

  • 2.75 minimum overall GPR
  • 2.5 GPR in content area
  • 30-80 completed college credits
  • 15 hours of content coursework on the teaching Field Plan for math and science majors; 12 hours of content coursework for non-math and non-science majors
  • Major in a subject area for which teacher certification options are available
  • A minimum of three semesters remaining as an undergraduate student
  • Teaching Field Plan signed by an academic advisor in your teaching field or College of declared major
  • Complete one of the following with a B or better: INST 222, TEFB 273, or SOCI 317
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Students interested in secondary mathematics or science certification (aggieTEACH-Science) must complete SCEN 201 with a B or better

Program Requirements:

  • Maintain a 2.75 minimum overall GPR
  • Maintain a minimum of 2.5 GPR in content area
  • 18 hours of coursework in the Secondary Education minor*
  • One semester of Clinical Teaching
  • Passing score on the TExES Teaching Certification exams

Note: Students must be formally accepted into the aggieTEACH program before they can claim the Secondary Education minor

REQUIREMENTS FOR PATHWAY  3


Secondary Graduate Certification Program/ Post Baccalaureate Pathway

Program Requirements:

  • Students at or near the senior year of their undergraduate degree or an earned bachelor’s degree
  • 2.75 minimum overall GPR
  • Coursework: (3) INST 210 | (3) TEFB 324
  • Teaching field plan signed by an academic advisor in your teaching field
  • TLAC Departmental application for M. Ed.
  • Graduate studies admissions application
  • Three letters of recommendation

PATHWAY  1  CERTIFICATIONS AVAILABLE


Pathway 1 Certifications Available

Chemistry (Grades 7-12)

College of Science
Department of Chemistry
BA-CHEM Chemistry Education Track (BA-CHEM-CET)

Roxanna Russel
Email: rrussell@tamu.edu

 

English Language and Reading (Grades 7-12)
(In Development)

College of Liberal Arts
Department of English
Undergraduate Program Office
Email: engl-undergraduate-office@lists.tamu.edu

PATHWAY  2  CERTIFICATIONS AVAILABLE


Pathway 2 Certifications Available

Social Studies (Composite) (Grades 7-12)

College of Liberal Arts
Department of History
Robyn Konrad
Academic Advisor III
Email: robyn-konrad@tamu.edu
 

History (Grades 7-12) and Social Studies Composite

College of Liberal Arts
Department of History
Robyn Konrad
Academic Advisor III
Email: robyn-konrad@tamu.edu

 

English Language and Reading (Grades 7-12)

College of Liberal Arts
Department of English
Undergraduate Program Office
Email: engl-undergraduate-office@lists.tamu.edu

 

Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering (Grades 6-12)

College of Engineering
Engineering Technology and
Industrial Distribution
J Karyssa Zavala
Academic Advisor I
Email: zavalak@tamu.edu

 

Physics/Mathematics (Grades 7-12)

College of Science
Department of Physics
Sherree Kessler
Email: skessler@tamu.edu

 

Mathematics (Grades 7-12)

College of Science
Department of Mathematics
Hoffman, Donna
Email: donna@math.tamu.edu
Heather Ramsey
Email: ramsey@math.tamu.edu
College of Science
Department of Statistics
Alyssa Brigham
Email: abrigham@stat.tamu.edu
College of Science
University Studies
Dr. Vince Schielack
Email: vinces@math.tamu.edu

 

Physical Science (Grades 6-12)

College of Science
Department of Chemistry
Joe Mawk
Instructional Assistant Professor
Email: mawk@tamu.edu
College of Science
Department of Physics
Sherree Kessler
Email: skessler@tamu.edu
College of Geosciences
Judy Nunez
Director, College Recruitment
Email: jnunez@tamu.edu
College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences
Department of Nutrition and
Food Sciences
Poppy Capehart
Academic Advisor IV
Email: poppy@tamu.edu

 

Chemistry (Grades 7-12)

College of Science
Department of Chemistry
Joe Mawk
Instructional Assistant Professor
Email: mawk@tamu.edu
College of Geosciences
Judy Nunez
Director, College Recruitment
Email: jnunez@tamu.edu
College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences
Department of Nutrition and
Food Sciences
Poppy Capehart
Academic Advisor IV
Email: poppy@tamu.edu
College of Vet Medicine
and Biomedical Sciences
Sabrina Niemeyer
Advisor
Email: sniemeyer@tamu.edu

Agriculture, Food & Natural
Resources (AFNR) (Grades 6-12)

College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
Department of Agricultural Leadership,
Education, and Communications (ALEC)
Courtney McCubbins
Academic Advisor II
Email: courtney.mccubbins@tamu.edu

 

Computer Science (Grades 8-12)

College of Engineering
Department of Computer Science
J. Raley Marek
Academic Advisor III
Email: raley@tamu.edu

 

Applied Learning in STEM (Grades 7-12)

TAMU-Galveston
Marine Biology and Marine Sciences
Melanie Moser, Phd
Instructional Professor and Assistant
Department Head: Department of Marine Sciences
Email: moserm@tamug.edu

 

Composite Science (Grades 7-12)

College of Science
Department of Chemistry
Joe Mawk
Instructional Assistant Professor
Email: mawk@tamu.edu
College of Science
Department of Biology
Christine Farris
Email: christinefarris@tamu.edu
College of Science
University Studies
Dr. Jennifer Whitfield
Email: jwhitfld@tamu.edu
College of Geosciences
Judy Nunez
Director, College Recruitment
Email: jnunez@tamu.edu
College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences
Department of Nutrition and
Food Sciences
Poppy Capehart
Academic Advisor IV
Email: poppy@tamu.edu
College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences
Department of Animal Science
Dr. Wesley Osburn
Associate Professor
Email: osburnw@tamu.edu
College of Vet Medicine
and Biomedical Sciences
Sabrina Niemeyer
Advisor
Email: sniemeyer@tamu.edu

Life Science (Grades 7-12)

College of Science
Department of Biology
Christine Farris
Email: christinefarris@tamu.edu
College of Geosciences
Judy Nunez
Director, College Recruitment
Email: jnunez@tamu.edu
College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences
Department of Nutrition and
Food Sciences
Poppy Capehart
Academic Advisor IV
Email: poppy@tamu.edu
College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
Faegen Lee
Academic Advisor I
Email: fdlee@tamu.edu
College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences
Department of Horticulture
Megan Teel
Email: megan_teel@tamu.edu
College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences
Department of Animal Science
Dr. Wesley Osburn
Associate Professor
Email: osburnw@tamu.edu
College of Vet Medicine
and Biomedical Sciences
Sabrina Niemeyer
Advisor
Email: sniemeyer@tamu.edu

PATHWAY  3  CERTIFICATIONS AVAILABLE

(Master’s Degree with Teacher Certification)


Pathway 3 Certifications Available

Social Studies (Composite) (Grades 7-12)

College of Liberal Arts
Department of History
Robyn Konrad
Academic Advisor III
Email: robyn-konrad@tamu.edu
 

History (Grades 7-12) and Social Studies Composite

College of Liberal Arts
Department of History
Robyn Konrad
Academic Advisor III
Email: robyn-konrad@tamu.edu

 

English Language and Reading (Grades 7-12)

College of Liberal Arts
Department of English
Undergraduate Program Office
Email: engl-undergraduate-office@lists.tamu.edu

 

Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering (Grades 6-12)

College of Engineering
Engineering Technology and
Industrial Distribution
J Karyssa Zavala
Academic Advisor I
Email: zavalak@tamu.edu

 

Physics/Mathematics (Grades 7-12)

College of Science
Department of Physics
Sherree Kessler
Email: skessler@tamu.edu

 

Mathematics (Grades 7-12)

College of Science
Department of Mathematics
Hoffman, Donna
Email: donna@math.tamu.edu
Heather Ramsey
Email: ramsey@math.tamu.edu
College of Science
Department of Statistics
Alyssa Brigham
Email: abrigham@stat.tamu.edu
College of Science
University Studies
Dr. Vince Schielack
Email: vinces@math.tamu.edu

 

Physical Science (Grades 6-12)

College of Science
Department of Chemistry
Joe Mawk
Instructional Assistant Professor
Email: mawk@tamu.edu
College of Science
Department of Physics
Sherree Kessler
Email: skessler@tamu.edu
College of Geosciences
Judy Nunez
Director, College Recruitment
Email: jnunez@tamu.edu
College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences
Department of Nutrition and
Food Sciences
Poppy Capehart
Academic Advisor IV
Email: poppy@tamu.edu

 

Chemistry (Grades 7-12)

College of Science
Department of Chemistry
Joe Mawk
Instructional Assistant Professor
Email: mawk@tamu.edu
College of Geosciences
Judy Nunez
Director, College Recruitment
Email: jnunez@tamu.edu
College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences
Department of Nutrition and
Food Sciences
Poppy Capehart
Academic Advisor IV
Email: poppy@tamu.edu
College of Vet Medicine
and Biomedical Sciences
Sabrina Niemeyer
Advisor
Email: sniemeyer@tamu.edu

Agriculture, Food & Natural
Resources (AFNR) (Grades 6-12)

College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
Department of Agricultural Leadership,
Education, and Communications (ALEC)
Courtney McCubbins
Academic Advisor II
Email: courtney.mccubbins@tamu.edu

 

Computer Science (Grades 8-12)

College of Engineering
Department of Computer Science
J. Raley Marek
Academic Advisor III
Email: raley@tamu.edu

 

Applied Learning in STEM (Grades 7-12)

TAMU-Galveston
Marine Biology and Marine Sciences
Melanie Moser, Phd
Instructional Professor and Assistant
Department Head: Department of Marine Sciences
Email: moserm@tamug.edu

 

Composite Science (Grades 7-12)

College of Science
Department of Chemistry
Joe Mawk
Instructional Assistant Professor
Email: mawk@tamu.edu
College of Science
Department of Biology
Christine Farris
Email: christinefarris@tamu.edu
College of Science
University Studies
Dr. Jennifer Whitfield
Email: jwhitfld@tamu.edu
College of Geosciences
Judy Nunez
Director, College Recruitment
Email: jnunez@tamu.edu
College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences
Department of Nutrition and
Food Sciences
Poppy Capehart
Academic Advisor IV
Email: poppy@tamu.edu
College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences
Department of Animal Science
Dr. Wesley Osburn
Associate Professor
Email: osburnw@tamu.edu
College of Vet Medicine
and Biomedical Sciences
Sabrina Niemeyer
Advisor
Email: sniemeyer@tamu.edu

Life Science (Grades 7-12)

College of Science
Department of Biology
Christine Farris
Email: christinefarris@tamu.edu
College of Geosciences
Judy Nunez
Director, College Recruitment
Email: jnunez@tamu.edu
College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences
Department of Nutrition and
Food Sciences
Poppy Capehart
Academic Advisor IV
Email: poppy@tamu.edu
College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
Faegen Lee
Academic Advisor I
Email: fdlee@tamu.edu
College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences
Department of Horticulture
Megan Teel
Email: megan_teel@tamu.edu
College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences
Department of Animal Science
Dr. Wesley Osburn
Associate Professor
Email: osburnw@tamu.edu
College of Vet Medicine
and Biomedical Sciences
Sabrina Niemeyer
Advisor
Email: sniemeyer@tamu.edu

CONTACT INFORMATION


Pathways 1 and 2:  Minor in Secondary Education Program

TLAC Undergraduate Academic Advisors

 

CONTACT INFORMATION


Pathway 3: Secondary Graduate Certification Program

TLAC Graduate Academic Leaders and Advisors

 

Certification Process


Information about the certification process can be found on the College of Education and Human Development link below.

Frequently Asked Questions


aggieTEACH

  • Once I graduate with my bachelor’s degree, can’t I just take a test to be a teacher?

    TEA (Texas Education Agency) requires individuals to complete an Educator Preparation Program (EPP). You can find out more about the certification process at this site, http://certification.tamu.edu/certification-process.

  • I’m certified in another state. How can I transfer my certificate to Texas?
  • I’m interested in teaching early childhood (EC-6) or grades 4 through 8. How can I get teacher certification through Texas A&M University?

    There are two ways to obtain certification in EC-6 or grades 4-8. One, is to major in Interdisciplinary Studies as an undergraduate at Texas A&M University. The other way is to join the Graduate Certification program if you are in another major. If you are interested in the Graduate Certification program, you should plan to speak with Kara Bond (karabond@tamu.edu) as soon as possible.

    The English department in the College of Liberal Arts will be offering a grades 4-8 certification in the near future.

  • I am a senior about to graduate. Is it too late to get my teacher certification?

    No, it’s not! At this point, you will be on our “Pathway 3.” If you have completed most of your major’s degree plan requirements, you can look at our Graduate Certification Program that is designed to help seniors and those who have graduated with a bachelor’s degree obtain teacher certification as well as a master’s degree.

  • Do I need to major in the same field I want to teach?

    No, you do not have to major in the same field you teach. For example, an English major could seek teacher certification in mathematics or science. However, sometimes when your teaching field is similar to your major it can reduce the number of hours required for certification. You need to visit with your major advisor to see how the required certification courses can be used with your degree plan.

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