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.


“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 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

  • 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 an 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. Contact Sarah Oakley ( to begin this process.
  • 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 Services



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 674 Developmental Reading in the Elementary School. This course surveys the current basics in the teaching of reading in the elementary school. It should be taken prerequisite to the remaining courses.

RDNG 604 Reading Diagnosis. This course deals with diagnosing the reading problem of a child using formal and informal assessment procedures. It must be taken prerequisite to or concurrent with RDNG 642 below.

RDNG 642 Clinic Teaching in Reading. This course deals with remediating the reading problem of the same child assessed in RDNG 604.

RDNG 604 and RDNG 642 offer a sustained experience in dealing with the reading problems of a child.

RDNG 616 Organization and Supervision of Reading Programs. This course deals with administering the school or district reading program and providing in-service work for teachers of reading.


Program Details

Degree: Teacher Certification Program
Program Delivery: Traditional

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Frequently Asked Questions


  • 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 104 Heaton Hall. 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.

  • 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 $50 application fee for domestic applicants and $75 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: Departmental Application for Online Ed.D. Program 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

  • 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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