Four strands of inquiry are woven into the various graduate courses. These strands emphasize faculty members’ expertise and interests while reflecting the current research agenda of the program area, including:
- models of science teaching and learning,
- models of science learning environment design,
- models of teacher preparation and renewal and
- 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
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
*Select College of Education and update credit hours
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you guide me through the application process?
Completed Application: A completed Apply Texas application. Apply online at www.applytexas.org. The name on your application must match your name as it appears in your passport. Application Fee: A non-refundable $65 application fee for domestic applicants and $90 application fee for international applicants. The application fee may be paid by check, money order or approved credit card. Applicants who wish to pay by credit card may do so as part of the online application. If you are unable to pay the fee online, you may call the Graduate Admissions Office at 979-845-1060. Official Transcripts and Records: Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. NOTE: You do not need to submit an official transcript from Texas A&M University. For information on submitting official transcripts to Texas A&M University, please visit their website. * If you are currently a graduate student at Texas A&M University, please contact our office at 979-862-8032 for information on applying to the TLAC department. TLAC Departmental Admissions In addition to the Texas A&M University admission requirements, the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture requires the following information: The departmental application will be submitted electronically. You will be required to upload a copy of your professional resume, three professional references, and writing samples.
What are the typical program costs?
The following website can help you estimate the cost of the program, including current costs of tuition and fees: Click here for the cost of attendance estimator
Please note, you must update the program hours.
I still have further questions—who can I contact to help me answer those?
Please feel free to contact the Graduate Advising Office in 211 Harrington Tower. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We can be reached at (979) 862-8032. (This is our front desk phone.) You can e-mail us at email@example.com. Our mailing address is 4232 TAMU; College Station, TX 77843-4232. Office fax number: (979) 862-4352. Please make sure to include a cover sheet when faxing.
How soon can I apply?
Prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible!
I live out of state. Do you accept out-of-state applicants?
Yes, we accept in-state and out-of-state applicants.
Is there any opportunity for financial assistance?
Yes, there are opportunities for financial assistance through the following departments: Office of Graduate Studies Financial Aid