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

Reading Specialist Certification

Reading Specialist Certification

Credential in Effective College Instruction by ACUE and ACE

Reading Specialist Certification

Program Overview

The TLAC Reading Specialist certification program prepares certified teacher practitioners who wish to strengthen their understanding of literacy for application in their classroom, school and/or district.

The 21-credit hour certification pathway is embedded in the 36-hour M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction- Literacy Emphasis and may be completed as a ‘certification only’ program for participants who already hold a master’s or higher graduate degree.

Program Details

Certificate: Texas Reading Specialist EC-12
Program Delivery: Online or On-Campus


Application Deadlines: October 1 or March 1

Interested in applying? Review the application information at Teaching, Learning & Culture Master’s Admissions.

Certification Requirements

Texas certificate issuance requires a candidate to:

  • hold a valid Texas classroom teaching certificate
    → A TEA ID# must be claimed at the time of admission into the program
  • hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education (IHE)
  • complete 160 hours of documented field experience (RDNG 605)
  • secure a passing score on the required TExES Reading Specialist (151) exam post-program completion
  • have a minimum of two (2) completed years of classroom teaching experience in a public, charter, or accredited private school
    → may be completed before, during or after coursework

After completion of certification requirements, program participants will be recommended for Reading Specialist Certification when documentation of all the above items are submitted to the Department of Teaching, Learning & Culture, SEHD, Texas A&M University.

Please note that certificate issuance is also contingent upon the successful completion of all certification coursework and practicum requirements.

Certification Coursework

For those seeking certification, there are seven specific RDNG classes that must be completed to fulfill the coursework requirements for the State of Texas Reading Specialist certification:

Course # Course Title Credit Hrs. Semester(s) 


RDNG 602 Teaching Reading in Elementary Grades 3 Fall, Summer
RDNG 603 Using Advanced Literacy to Teach & Learn Across Disciplines 3 Spring
RDNG 604* Reading Diagnosis 3 Fall
RDNG 605 Practicum in Literacy Intervention 3 Spring
RDNG 609 Foundations of Reading Instruction 3 Spring
RDNG 616 Organization and Supervision of Reading Programs 3 Summer
RDNG 620 Literacy and Language 3 Fall, Summer

*RDNG 604 is a prerequisite for RDNG 605

Additional Information

All candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment as a teacher. TEA will perform a preliminary background check, for a fee, in the event there may be something on the candidate’s record that may prevent certification eligibility.

Credit for Military or Non-Military Service, Training, or Education:

Candidates may be able to apply prior or ongoing military or non-military training or education toward educator preparation program requirements for professional certificates. Such training or education may not count toward internship or practicum requirements and must have been provided by an approved EPP or an accredited institution of higher education within the past five years and be directly related to the certificate being sought. A candidate’s prior coursework will be evaluated by academic advisors and/or TLAC Reading Specialist faculty/staff.


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Clinical Associate Professor

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