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

Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with

Reading & Literacy

Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction: Emphasis in Reading & Literacy

The program offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading and Literacy. In addition to taking a core curriculum shared with all students of Curriculum and Instruction, students will complete courses specific to the Reading and Literacy program. Students also have the option to pursue a Reading Specialist Certification.

Credential in Effective College Instruction by ACUE and ACE


To be admitted to a graduate program, you must apply to the department of Teaching, Learning & Culture and Texas A&M University.

How to apply

Program Details

Degree: Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction
Emphasis: Reading & Literacy
Degrees Offered: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Credit Hours: 64

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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.

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Emily Cantrell

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Kausalai Wijekumar


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Li-Jen Kuo

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Sharon Matthews

Associate DH for Undergraduate Studies

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William Rupley


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Susan Fields

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Debra McKeown

Associate Department Head for Graduate Studies

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Ramona Pittman

Associate Professor

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