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


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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

Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with

Early Childhood Education

Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction: Emphasis in Early Childhood Education

The program offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. In addition to taking a core curriculum shared with all students of Curriculum and Instruction, students will complete courses specific to the Early Childhood Education program. This is an interdisciplinary emphasis area with courses across departments and programs. The goal of the program is to train the next generation of early childhood researchers and leaders.

Students in the Early Childhood Education Ph.D. program will have opportunities to engage with faculty and research through the Texas A&M Institute for Early Childhood Development and Education ( The Institute is a close community of interdisciplinary scholars working to bring cutting-edge research to practice, transforming the lives of young children. This unique resource will allow you to tailor your Ph.D. experience to your interests, develop partnerships with community leaders in early childhood education, conduct collaborative research, and develop the skills needed to become a leader in the field of early childhood education.


To be admitted to a graduate program, you must apply to the TLAC department and Texas A&M University.

How to apply

Program Details

Degree: Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction
Emphasis: Early Childhood Education
Degrees Offered: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Delivery: Traditional
Credit Hours: 64 (for students who already have a Master’s degree), or 96 (for students without a Master’s degree)

For a better understanding of your total cost of attendance (COA), please visit our cost and tuition rates webpage ( This webpage will provide you with an opportunity to review estimated COA information for undergraduate, graduate and professional students, as well as other resources such as the tuition calculator and billing and fee explanations.

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Marc Goodrich

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Margaret Quinn

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Paola Guerrero-Rosada

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Arianna Pikus

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Jose Palma

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Early Childhood Institute

Lab Schools
Becky Gates Children’s Center

Charlotte Sharp Children’s Center

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