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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


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.

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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

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Field Experience Office

Field Experiences Office

The TLAC Field Experiences Office is responsible for administering and organizing field placements for certifications including:

  • EC–6 Generalist
  • Middle Grades 4–8 Math/Science
  • Middle Grades 4–8 Language Arts/Social Studies
  • Middle Grades 4–8 English
  • Secondary 7–12

Students complete a consecutive series of methods blocks in diverse settings as part of their degree plan, before completing their clinical teaching experience the final semester before graduation. All field placement students are required to have liability insurance and complete a district background check.

By starting with some of the best students in Texas and adding an outstanding team of Texas A&M faculty plus the support of excellent mentors in the Brazos Valley, we know we can Always Expect More of Aggie Teachers.

The TLAC Field Experiences Office also organizes the TAMU Education Career Fair. We welcome you to LIKE us on Facebook, where recruiting entities connect with current and former student teachers, job opportunities are posted and semester news is shared.


Senior Methods (192 field hours)

Secondary (120 field hours)

Clinical Teaching (560 field hours)

Clinical Teaching Placement Policies

Effective Fall of 2012, the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture implemented several changes to the field experiences for our students. These changes are in response to conversations with the Chancellors of the Texas A&M University System and our College, as well as state requirements and feedback from faculty and local school district personnel.

Current policies for field placements in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture are as follows:

  • TLAC places local clinical teachers in outlying districts within 35 miles of the TAMU campus first. This guarantees clinical teachers will have a sustained experience working with diverse groups of students, which will in turn increase their marketability.
  • Clinical teachers may not be placed on a campus where an immediate relative is an employee or student.
  • Clinical teachers may not be placed in a district where an immediate relative is a district-level administrator with direct supervision of principals and/or teachers.
  • TLAC clinical teachers must be placed in districts/on campuses in good standing with TEA (accountability rating A-D).

Interested clinical teachers will have an opportunity to receive more details in requesting a new district not listed online (Current Partnering School Districts):

  • District must be more than 35 miles from any current partnering district.
  • District must sign a one-year agreement and be willing to host any interested TLAC clinical teacher.
  • A TEA qualified supervisor must be hired and trained within the timeline set by the Field Experiences Office.

Supervisor Qualifications:

  • 3+ years teaching experience
  • Master’s degree
  • Current Texas teaching certification
  • Current principal (mid-management) or superintendent certification
  • Accomplished educator (as shown by student learning)
  • Experience mentoring new teachers
  • T-TESS Field Supervisor or Appraiser trained
  • Commitment for one academic year, if needed
  • Supervisor Application
Cooperating Teacher Qualifications:
  • 3+ years teaching experience
  • Current Texas teaching certification (in primary certification category of clinical teacher)
  • Current ESL certification for EC-6, 4-8 ELA/Social Studies and 4-8 Math/Science placements
  • Accomplished educator (as shown by student learning)
  • Willingness to complete cooperating teacher training and report clinical teacher’s progress to supervisor
  • Commitment to guide, assist and support clinical teacher in planning/classroom management/instruction/ assessment/working with parents/obtaining materials/district policies
  • Cooperating Teacher Application



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