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

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 a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) emphasis program is designed to cultivate and apply STEM expertise within two distinct domains:

  1. Research-Based Best Practices
  2. Practical Application and Leadership Skills

The program equips students to apply their knowledge effectively in their context through the integration of research-based content themes and theory. Success completion leads to 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:

STEM Webinar:

January 29,  5:00pm – 6pm
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You may also join this webinar by following this QR code:

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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

The online master’s program provides unique opportunities for teachers and practitioners to actively engage in action research. It aims to explore both historical and contemporary effective practices in STEM curriculum, instruction, assessment, policy, and leadership. Furthermore, the program encourages teachers and practitioners to identify and solve problems in STEM education and integrate theoretical knowledge into practical applications. Specializing in enhancing classroom practices and cultivating future school leaders, the program builds highly effective STEM teachers, educational specialists in STEM fields, curriculum directors, deans of instruction, and STEM supervisors.

Designed with working teachers and professionals in mind, the program utilizes an asynchronous online format. Further, the online master’s degree adopts a cohort model to connect you with other local, state, national, and global practitioners. This connection facilitates collaboration, peer learning, the sharing of experiences, and valuable networking opportunities.

The program employs Canvas as its online learning management system, providing a platform for various activities aimed at delivering and applying contemporary information to support your growth. These activities include readings, videos, reflections, storytelling, perspectives-sharing, remote class meet-ups, guest speaker sessions, case studies, curriculum analysis, lesson/unit planning, researching contemporary educational issues and organizing action plans, as well as engaging in debates.

Recognizing the importance of sharing scholarship, the program actively supports participants to embrace opportunities for conference presentations and publications, enabling the dissemination of their work on a local, national, and global scale.

Texas A&M Graduate STEM Certificate

The Texas A&M Graduate STEM Certificate is a merit demonstrating knowledge, methods, and expertise in STEM learning experiences. It is integrated into the first two semesters of the online STEM emphasis master’s program. Alternatively, the Texas A&M Graduate STEM Certificate can also be taken as a standalone 12-credit hour experience where students can learn about highly effective STEM pedagogy.

The STEM Certificate comprises of four courses with two offered in the summer (EDCI 620 & 723) and two in the subsequent fall (EDCI 720 & 721). The program is unique because it offers the flexibility for students to continue their studies beyond the 12-credit hour STEM Certificate. Specifically, credits earned during the STEM Certificate directly apply toward your M.Ed. degree.

Program Details

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

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.

Contact Advisors

Sydney Zentell

Academic Advisor IV

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Program Director

Andrew Kipp

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Contact Faculty

Gustavo Perez

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Francis Quek


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Bugrahan Yalvac

Associate Professor

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William Rupley


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Frequently Asked Questions

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