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

Online M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction, US News & World Report

Doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction, US News & World Report


“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

Master Reading Teacher Certification (MRT)

Master Reading Teacher Certification (MRT)

Master Reading Teacher Certification

  • Admission to the graduate program of Texas A&M University in the College of Education and Human Development, Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture (TLAC)
  • Specific coursework offered by TLAC
  • A valid Texas teaching certificate
  • The successful completion of a TExES examination, given by the state of Texas
  • Three years of teaching experience at an accredited school — can be completed before, during or after coursework
  • Students must declare their interest in pursuing the MRT and/or Reading Specialist certification(s) when accepting the admission offer for the master’s graduate program.
  • Students must also claim a TEA ID# if they do not already have one. The TEA ID# must be claimed at the time of admission into the master’s program.
  • All requested information must be provided by the student by the deadlines provided.
  • Students who began their graduate studies prior to 2014 can no longer be approved to take the exam(s).

Because of the close correspondence between MRT certification, Reading Specialist Certification and the master’s degree, interested students are advised to look into a program that combines all three.

Student Resources



The Master Reading Teacher (MRT) certification program requires students contact an advisor at the time of admission into the master’s graduate program in order to be eligible to pursue MRT certification.

Students will need to provide a TEA ID# and a UIN within 7 days of their acceptance notification.

The MRT is a State of Texas teaching certification that requires:

  • 4 Specific Courses (see below)
  • The successful completion of a TExES examination given by the State
  • A valid Texas teaching certificate
  • Three years of successful teaching experience in an accredited school (can be completed before, during, or after coursework)

Guidelines can be found on the SBEC website

Master’s Admissions

The Master Reading Teacher Certification can be earned in conjunction with the Reading Specialist Certification.

Course Requirements

RDNG 602 Teaching Reading in the Elementary Grades (OLD RDNG 674)

Examination, analyses, and application of instructional terms, methods, and approaches for teaching reading and spelling in the elementary grades. Past, present and emerging reading instructional programs are the focus of knowledge and application.  A primary focus is on word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, and knowledge acquisition as well as difficulties in acquiring these skills (such as dyslexia and hyperlexia).  These foci are discussed for both the written and new literacies and learning skills required by the Internet and other present, new, and emerging information and communication technologies.


RDNG 616 Organization and Leadership of Reading Programs

Focus on the procedures, skills, and dispositions associated with the development, implementation, and leadership of literacy programs at a school and district level; roles of reading specialists, professional development, program evaluation, change processes.


Reading 604  Assessment for Literacy Intervention

Assessment of literacy skills, primarily for students with reading difficulties.  Assessments include formal and informal literacy measures with an emphasis on identifying strengths and weaknesses in literacy development.  The assessment process incorporates administration, analysis, interpretation and the preparation of a formal report. This is the first of a two-course sequence with RDNG 605.

Pre-/Co-requisite: RDNG 674


Reading 605 Practicum in Literacy Intervention (OLD RDNG 642)

Practicum to interpret and translate literacy assessments into instruction. In a reflective model, students will develop and deliver lessons for struggling readers while monitoring progress towards individualized goals. Responsibilities include communication and coordination with families.  This is the second of a two-course sequence with RDNG 604.

Pre-requisite: RDNG 604

Program Details

Degree: Teacher Certification Program
Program Delivery: Online or On-Campus

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Frequently Asked Questions


  • Can you guide me through the application process?

    Completed Application: A completed Apply Texas application. Apply online at The name on your application must match your name as it appears in your passport. Application Fee: A non-refundable $65 application fee for domestic applicants and $90 application fee for international applicants. The application fee may be paid by check, money order or approved credit card. Applicants who wish to pay by credit card may do so as part of the online application. If you are unable to pay the fee online, you may call the Graduate Admissions Office at 979-845-1060. Official Transcripts and Records: Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. NOTE: You do not need to submit an official transcript from Texas A&M University. For information on submitting official transcripts to Texas A&M University, please visit their website. * If you are currently a graduate student at Texas A&M University, please contact our office at 979-862-8032 for information on applying to the TLAC department. TLAC Departmental Admissions In addition to the Texas A&M University admission requirements, the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture requires the following information: The departmental application will be submitted electronically. You will be required to upload a copy of your professional resume, three professional references, and writing samples.

    How to Apply: Master’s Application Information | Doctoral Application Information

  • What are the typical program costs?

    The following website can help you estimate the cost of the program, including current costs of tuition and fees: Click here for the cost of attendance estimator

    Please note, you must update the program hours.

  • I still have further questions—who can I contact to help me answer those?

    Please feel free to contact the Graduate Advising Office in 211 Harrington Tower. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We can be reached at (979) 862-8032. (This is our front desk phone.) You can e-mail us at Our mailing address is 4232 TAMU; College Station, TX 77843-4232. Office fax number: (979) 862-4352. Please make sure to include a cover sheet when faxing.

  • How soon can I apply?

    Prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible!

  • I live out of state. Do you accept out-of-state applicants?

    Yes, we accept in-state and out-of-state applicants.

  • Is there any opportunity for financial assistance?

    Yes, there are opportunities for financial assistance through the following departments: Office of Graduate Studies Financial Aid

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