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, diversity, critical thinking, creativity, democratic governance and global leadership. Click here to read more about TLAC.


“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 Interdisciplinary Studies, 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

Urban Education

Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in:

Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, emphasis in Urban Education

The Urban Education program offers two graduate programs: a 36-hour Master of Education (M.Ed. Online) degree and a 64-hour Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. The program is committed to developing leaders nationally and globally in urban settings, and is one of the greatest producers of urban scholars and researchers in the nation. Students work closely with the Center for Urban School Partnerships, and are able to work in the field of urban education through research, publications and outreach programs.


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

How to Apply

Urban Education PROGRAM DESIGN

The 64-hour doctoral degree plan emphasizes strong research and analytical skills, a broad knowledge base and an individuated area of concentration. The program aims to achieve national and international visibility of its students. Some of the courses meet on the Texas A&M University campus, some are offered online and some are hybrid courses, meeting both in person and online. The coursework includes foundational courses in instructional, curriculum and philosophical theories. Foundational courses also include history of education and a basic disciplinary knowledge in research courses. The foundational courses guide the students into research courses in which the doctoral student and their advisor decide upon a research path. Students are provided opportunities in study abroad programs, presenting at conferences as well as publishing books, articles and research briefs.


Program Details

Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Emphasis: Urban Education
Degrees Offered: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Credit Hours: 64

Urban Student Teachers Advanced Residency (USTAR)

Urban Student Teachers Advanced Residency (USTAR) is an optional program that provides Texas A&M University clinical teachers a year-long clinical residency to assist candidates in developing the cultural and classroom expertise to become successful educators in urban schools.  Candidates will be offered a teaching position upon successful completion of the residency in Spring ISD.


  • Option for paid summer school teaching in Spring ISD.
  • USTAR candidates will apply for an opportunity to work as a substitute teacher and tutor during the 2018-19 academic year.
  • Take part in Spring ISD’s Summer Institute to prepare for the upcoming academic year with cooperating teachers.


  • Candidates will follow Spring ISD’s calendar, rather than TAMU’s calendar.
  • USTAR candidates will spend 4 days a week in Spring ISD and attend classes on TAMU campus once a week.
  • Candidates will be required to come to campus for senior methods courses on Thursdays.
  • Candidates will enroll in Teaching in Urban Schools and Communities Course (Course offered after school in Spring ISD; taught by a TAMU Urban Education faculty member).
  • On select Fridays, candidates will be required to attend advising and TAMU sponsored workshops.
  • Senior Methods Handbook


  • Junior II EC-6 only.
  • No growth plan in Junior II year.
  • No dual enrollment in 4 plus 1 program.
  • Must have passed Content Exam.
  • Pass junior methods courses, with no grade lower than C in an upper-level course.


U-STAR – A Spring ISD and Texas A&M University Partnership


Please contact us with any questions about the program.

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Frequently Asked Questions


  • 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 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

  • What are the typical program costs?

    You can base the cost of attendance on 64 graduate credit hours (for doctoral students). The following website can help you estimate the cost of the program, including current costs of tuition and fees: Cost of attendance estimator

  • Is the Online Ed.D Program at Texas A&M University for me?

    Do you see yourself as an expert mid-career educator with significant teaching experience who is highly respected by your peers and who aspires to have a leadership role in P-16 public and private education? This program is intended to place an emphasis on acquiring knowledge and skills necessary to (a) lead school-based programs, (b) conduct content analyses of school curricula, (c) design protocols for conducting needs assessments associated with professional development programming, (d) conduct lesson analyses for enhanced instructional effectiveness that will promote increased student performance, and (e) design and implement program evaluations.

  • Is there a general program time line that I can review?

    Yes, it’s available online here: Time line for completion of the Online Ed.D

  • How self-paced is this program?

    The program is not a self-paced program. Due to the nature of the program and the cohort system on which it is based, the semester course load for each semester is pre-determined. You will be taking courses with other members of your cohort. A table of scheduled courses can be found here: Tentative Schedule of Coursework

  • Do you offer any other admission times besides the spring semester?

    We only offer spring admissions.

  • Is the GRE required?

    GRE is only required for Ed.D. and Ph.D. applicants.

  • Do I have to take summer courses?

    Yes, as a student in the Online Ed.D. Program you will be required to participate in summer courses each summer throughout the program.

  • How many weeks does each course last?

    Courses for this program follow the regular TAMU academic semester calendar. Students complete two courses each semester, with each course lasting a full semester.

  • How is the Online Ed.D. content delivered?

    The content of the entire Online Ed.D. Program is delivered asynchronously through a web-based delivery system. All classes will be offered online through Texas A&M University. The program follows a cohort model, with all students in each cohort enrolled together in classes throughout the program.

  • How often will I be required to come to campus?/What are the residency requirements?

    Students are not required to come to campus at any time during the program. Texas A&M University has a residency requirement for EdD students which requires students to be enrolled “full-time” for at least two semesters. Students in this program who are full-time employees during the program can be exempted from this requirement. (Additional information will be needed, such as a petition and verification of employment.) If not employed full-time during the program, students will need to register for additional hours at the end of the program to meet the residency requirement.

  • How long does it take to complete the Online Ed.D. Program?

    The prospectus of the Online Ed.D. Program lays out a minimum four-year completion time line. Students are required to enroll in the spring, summer, and fall semesters for each academic year until the program is completed. The time of completion will vary due to the Record of Study required at the end of the program. Some students are able to complete this in two semesters, wheras other student might take longer.

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