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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.

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

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

Graduate Certification Program

ABOUT THE PROGRAM


The Graduate Certification Program at Texas A&M University serves as  Pathway 3 of the aggieTEACH program, whose mission is to prepare non-education students as future educators for initial teacher certification. Learn more here: https://tlac.tamu.edu/academics/aggieteach-secondary-education

The Graduate Certification Program is designed for individuals in their senior year of undergraduate studies, or those who already hold a bachelor’s degree, and are now interested in earning a secondary teaching certificate.

A paid internship as a classroom teacher of record and the opportunity to apply all coursework toward the Master of Education degree are unique features of this program.

The program offers two tracks to Texas teacher certification:

Track 1: Teacher Certification only

Track 2: M.Ed. + Teacher Certification

 

Program Overview


Candidates are formally admitted upon recommendation of Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture (TLAC) faculty and progress through the summer, fall and spring semesters as a cohort.

Per Texas Education Agency (TEA), to be certified as a Texas teacher an individual must

  • Apply for certification with the Texas Education Agency (TEA)
  • Pass state exams in content and professional responsibilities and pedagogy
  • Be recommended to the State by a University Supervisor and school administrator or cooperating teacher
  • Complete a paid internship as a teacher in a Texas public, charter or TEA-recognized private school setting, or complete an unpaid 16-week clinical teaching assignment
  • Have previously earned a Bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrate competency in the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics

Program Details


Degrees Offered: Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction, non-thesis

Texas Teacher Certifications Offered: EC-6, 4-8 content areas, 7-12 content areas

Program Delivery: On-campus and online (51% distance learning)

 

TRACK 1: Teacher Certification Only


Intended for individuals interested only in obtaining Texas teacher certification. Candidates earn a teaching certificate and 21 graduate credits.

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning*
  • Undergraduate students may apply in the fall of their final year of undergraduate study (Application deadlines: October 1 or December 1)
  • An overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum number of content-area credit hours (see below)
  • Meeting with Program Advisor prior to application submission (Zoom or phone)
  • Passing score on TX PACT exam uploaded in AIS
  • Application and acceptance to both TAMU Graduate School & Graduate Certification Program
  • *If you graduated from a non-US college or university:

Pre-Requisite Coursework

TEFB 324: Teaching in Secondary School*

INST 210: Understanding Special Populations* OR  SPED 621: Overview of Exceptional Children*

Required Coursework (21 hours)

EDCI 611: Teaching English as a Second Language OR RDNG 603: Reading Instruction in High School

TEED 602: Contemporary Perspectives on Education

TEED 649: Instructional Strategies

TEED 682 (Fall): Seminar (online with two Saturday face-to-face)

TEED 684 (Fall): Internship

TEED 682 (Spring): Seminar (online with two Saturday face-to-face)

TEED 684 (Spring): Internship

 

TRACK 2: M.Ed. + Teacher Certification


Intended for individuals interested in pursuing a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction and obtaining Texas teacher certification.

Candidates earn a teaching certificate and masters degree within a 36 credit hour program.

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning*
  • Undergraduate students may apply in the fall of their final year of undergraduate study (Application deadlines: October 1 or December 1)
  • An overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum number of content-area credit hours (see below)
  • Meeting with Program Advisor prior to application submission (Zoom or phone)
  • Passing score on TX PACT exam uploaded in AIS
  • Application and acceptance to both TAMU Graduate School & Graduate Certification Program

*If you graduated from a non-US college or university:

Pre-Requisite Coursework

TEFB 324: Teaching in Secondary School*

INST 210: Understanding Special Populations* OR  SPED 621: Overview of Exceptional Children*

Required Coursework (36 hours)

EDCI 611:  Teaching English as a Second Language OR RDNG 603:

Reading Instruction in High School

TEED 602: Contemporary Perspectives on Education

TEED 649: Instructional Strategies

TEED 682 (Fall): Seminar (online with two Saturday face-to-face)

TEED 684 (Fall): Internship

TEED 682 (Spring): Seminar (online with two Saturday face-to-face)

TEED 684 (Spring: Internship

EDCI 602: Cultural Foundations of Education

EDCI 644: Curriculum Development

EDCI: 673: Analysis of Teacher Behavior 

*These courses may count as electives for the M.Ed.

 

Certifications Offered


 
Certification Minimum Credit Hours Required TX Pact Exam
EC-6 Generalist 27 total- 6 English, 3 reading, 6 math, 6 science, 6 social studies TX PACT (700)
4-8 Core Subjects 27 total- 6 English, 3 reading, 6 math, 6 science, 6 social studies TX PACT (790)
Chemistry 7-12 18 chemistry TX PACT (740)
Computer Science 8-12 18 computer science TX PACT (741)
English Language Arts, Reading 4-8 15 English, 3 reading TX PACT (717)
English Language Arts, Reading 7-12 15 English, 3 reading TX PACT (731)
History 7-12 18 history TX PACT (733)
LOTE French EC-12 18 French TX PACT (710)
LOTE: German EC-12 18 German TX PACT (711)
LOTE: Latin EC-12 18 Latin TX PACT (712)
LOTE: Spanish EC-12 18 Spanish TX PACT (713)
Life Science 7-12 18 total biology/chemistry TX PACT (738)
Mathematics 4-8 18 mathematics TX PACT (715)
Mathematics 7-12 18 mathematics TX PACT (735)
Physical Science 6-12 18 total physics/chemistry TX PACT (737)
Physics 7-12 18 physics TX PACT (739)
Science 4-8 24 total- biology, chemistry, geology, and physics TX PACT (716)
Science 7-12 24 total- biology, chemistry, geology, and physics TX PACT (736)
Social Studies 4-8 24 total- economics, geography, history, and political science TX PACT (718)
Social Studies 7-12 24 total- economics, geography, history, and political science TX PACT (732)

For more information about the process of becoming a certified teacher in Texas, please click the link below.

Internship


Candidates can meet the internship requirements of the Texas Education Agency and Graduate Certification program by being hired as a teacher of record and teaching full-time in their certification field.* Internships may be completed in any public, charter or private school recognized by TEA.

Students are responsible for

  • Applying to Texas districts/schools
  • Interviewing
  • Signing a teacher contract
  • Applying for certification with TEA
  • Completing a Criminal History check with the hiring district
  • Fulfilling job responsibilities and TX Educator Code of Ethics

*Admission to the Graduate Certification program does not guarantee employment.

 

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* be sure to change your credit hours based on the program of interest. Please note, with the exception of the first summer term when classes are taken on-campus, the remainder of the program is delivered in an online/distance education format. Courses taken on-campus are assessed campus-based fees. Courses taken online/distance education are assessed distance education differential tuition and fees.

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