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


Former TLAC student teaching middlegrades


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

Online M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Online M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Emphasis in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

The M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) emphasis program develops and applies STEM knowledge for practice in two domains:

  1. Research-based best practices
  2. Practical application and leadership skills

Research-based content themes and theory are integrated with practice with emphasis on application of knowledge base. Students who complete the program will graduate with an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction.

If you are interested in learning more about the program or have further questions, we have the following webinars below:

M.Ed. Generalist & STEM Webinar:

September 21 @7PM CST
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Meeting ID: 916 0745 8632
Passcode: 119281

You may also join this webinar by following this QR code and using the same Meeting ID and Passcode:

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STEM Webinar:

December 11 @7PM CST
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Meeting ID: 981 3422 3341
Passcode: 575686

You may also join this webinar by following this QR code and using the same Meeting ID and Passcode:

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

The application deadline for the M.Ed. online program with STEM emphasis is March 1, each year.

Essay Topics

Essay topics are included below for your planning purposes; however, final submissions must be included in the Applicant Information System (AIS) as one document to be considered. Emailed or mailed essays will not be accepted. You will also need to submit your vita, which includes your education, job experience, and any professional presentations, publications, grants, professional certifications/licenses held and participation in professional organizations. Essays must be written with appropriate APA formatting and citations.

  • Successful applicants to this program indicate a reason matched to a need for earning this professional certificate. Explain your views regarding the match you see between your reason for wanting to earn your STEM Certificate and the need for earning one. (1000 word limit)
  • Successful applicants to this program come with a set of professional and educational experiences that “set the stage” for learning. Our goal is that your experience in the certificate program will advance your own career goals and will contribute to the learning of your students and to peer faculty members at your school. Describe your professional and educational expertise that you bring with you to the STEM Certificate at Texas A&M University and your goals that you will have achieved when you are finished. (1000 word limit)
  • In dealing with humans, we all experience time commitment issues and barriers we need to recognize, plan for and address. Describe your barriers to participating in a certificate program where you will participate in two graduate level courses during the first summer and two courses during the falls semester and how you will overcome each. (1000 word limit)

Program Design

Curricular leadership in educational institutions or related organizations (e.g., educational specialist in a STEM Field, curriculum director, dean of instruction, STEM supervisor).

M.Ed. Degree Objective

Preparation of professional leaders competent in identifying and solving complex curriculum problems in STEM education. Emphasis is on developing thoughtful and reflective practitioners.

The primary delivery system is online. Online formats vary by class, dependent on material presented, but will include

  • eCampus,
  • Power Point presentations,
  • Video lectures,
  • Assignments,
  • Group projects & chat rooms,
  • Reading assignments, and
  • Additional course materials.

Stem Certificate

The Texas A&M Graduate STEM Certificate provides teacher-practitioners specializing in grades 6-12 with an opportunity to expand their skills and methods for engaging students in rich, powerful STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning experiences in a cutting-edge online environment. The 12-credit hour online certificate focuses on topics of importance to teachers and districts within a high-impact, two-semester timeline.

The STEM Certificate is comprised of four courses with two courses offered in the summer and two offered the following fall. This program is unique because it offers the flexibility for students to continue their studies beyond the 12-credit hour STEM Certificate and apply to pursue a M.Ed. online where each credit earned from the STEM Certificate can be applied toward your Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree.


Prior to 2019 Online M.Ed. Curriculum

Required Core Courses

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
EDCI 602 Cultural Foundations of Education 3
EDCI 644 Curriculum Development 3
EDCI 673 Analysis of Teaching Behavior 3
EDCI 634 Reflective Inquiry (must be taken during final semester) 3
Total 12

Department Required Electives

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
EDCI 620 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Teaching and Learning 3
EDCI 720+ ENGR Design for School Teaching and Learning
EDCI 721+ How People Learn STEM 3
EDCI 723+ Developing Students’ Disciplinary Language and Reading in STEM 3
EDCI 726 History and Trends in STEM Education 3
EDCI 639 or
EDCI 636
Grant Writing for Professional Development or
Educator as Researcher
EDCI 722* Microcontrollers for Educators 3
EDCI 724 Science/Mathematics in Engineering-Physics Based 3
Total number of required elective hours 24
Total number of hours for degree 36

*Currently being developed/undergoing approval process

+Required courses for the STEM certificate

Learn more about AggieSTEM.

Program Details

Degrees Offered: Master of Education, M.Ed.
Program Delivery: Online
Credit Hours: 36, non-thesis

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