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

M.Ed./M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction with

Science Education

M.Ed. / M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction: Emphasis in Science Education

Four strands of inquiry are woven into our various graduate courses. These strands emphasize faculty members’ expertise and interests while reflecting the current research agenda of the program area, including:

  1. models of science teaching and learning,
  2. models of science learning environment design,
  3. models of teacher preparation and renewal and
  4. models of engagement with scientists.

Many of the science education courses use innovative technologies in their design, including Web-based community portals, distance technologies, and hand-held data-collection devices. The program offers Master of Science (M.S.) (thesis) and Master of Education (M.Ed.) (non-thesis) degrees. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees are also available for students who are seeking a research as well as a teaching emphasis and college or university faculty positions. The TLAC department often has funding to support full-time Ph.D. students.

Students work closely with their advisors to develop an individualized program of study that best suits the student’s career goals while satisfying the core requirements of the department. Funding opportunities exist for full-time Ph.D. students to teach undergraduate teacher preparation courses, to do research with individual professors in shared areas of interest, and to work on sponsored projects offering opportunities such as professional development experiences for science teachers and innovative teaching interventions for K–16 students.

Note: This is not a teacher certification program.


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

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Program Details

Degree: Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction
Emphasis: Science Education
Program Delivery: On-Campus
Degrees Offered: Master of Science, Master of Education
Credit Hours: M.S. 32 hours, M.Ed. 36 hours

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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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Master of Education Program Advisor (M.Ed.)

Sandra Meyer

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Master of Science Program Advisor (M.S.)

Kara Bond

Associate Director

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Contact Faculty

Joanne Olson


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Michael Clough


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Bugrahan Yalvac

Associate Professor

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Julie Singleton

Clinical Associate Professor

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Benjamin Herman

Associate Professor

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