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

Teaching, Learning & Culture

Master's Admissions

Admissions Deadlines



Fall Admission: Applications due by March 1st
Spring Admission: Applications due by October 1st

  • Generalist Emphasis: Online (M.Ed.)
  • Reading and Literacy Emphasis: Online (M.Ed.) or Traditional (M.Ed. or M.S.)
  • Mathematics Education Emphasis: Traditional (M.Ed. or M.S.)
  • Science Education Emphasis: Traditional (M.Ed. or M.S.)
  • Multicultural Education Emphasis: Traditional (M.Ed. or M.S.)
  • Urban Education Emphasis: Online (M.Ed.)


The Graduate Teacher Certification Emphasis (M.Ed.) is a hybrid program that requires one summer semester of attendance.

  • Spring Admission: Applications due by October 1st
  • Summer Admission: Applications due by December 1st


The STEM Emphasis (M.Ed.) program is completely online and admits for summer semesters only.

  • Summer Admission: Applications due March 1st


International Applicants MUST have a completed application on file by the following deadlines:

  • International Application for Fall Admission: Applications due by February 1st
  • International Application for Spring Admission: Applications due by September 1st

1. Start Your Application

  • To apply to Texas A&M’s School of Education graduate degree program you must first apply online. The name on your application must match your name as it appears in your passport.
  • The major is “Curriculum and Instruction.” If you are choosing an online program, you must select the “Distance Education” application on the TAMU UniCAS website. Otherwise, you will not be coded as an online student.
  • A non-refundable $89 application fee for domestic applicants and $114 application fee for international applicants is required. 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.

2. Submit Official Transcripts and Records

For the application review, you will be required to submit a copy of your unofficial transcript. Now, or upon admission, submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Admitted students will not be able to register until official copies have been processed.

Note: You do not need to submit an official transcript from Texas A&M University.

For more information on submitting official transcripts to Texas A&M University, visit the admissions website and view the section titled ‘How to Submit Your Documents.’

International transcripts must be uploaded with a certified translation and converted to a 4.0 grade point scale to be considered for review. Some of the services the Office of Admissions will accept are: WES, Global Credential Evaluators, SpanTran, SDR Educational Consultants, International Academics Evaluators, and INC (IACE).

3. Submit Other Required Documents

All applicants must upload the following items in the Texas A&M University UniCAS application system for the application package to be considered by the review committee.

  • Two essays uploaded addressing the following essay topics with appropriate APA formatting and citations. Provide a title with the essay number at the top of each essay. Use a commonly used 12pt font, 1” margins, double spaced.

Essays for all on-campus and online M.Ed./ M.S. applicants (except STEM)

Essay #1: Identify a critical problem and a possible solution in education related to your core emphasis area of interest (i.e. Generalist, Reading & Literacy, STEM, Urban Education). In 600-800 words (excluding references), provide an argument on why this is a critical issue in education. Cite relevant research from reliable sources that speaks to this issue or provides a possible solution. In text citations and reference list should adhere to APA formatting guidelines.

Essay #2: In 600-800 words*, please explain your statement of purpose including:

  • Your reasons for choosing the core emphasis area (i.e. Generalist, Reading & Literacy, STEM, Urban Education) that you are applying to
  • Your long-term career plans
  • Your academic background or objectives
  • Your relevant prior experiences
  • Your motivation for pursuing your field of study

Additionally, if needed, explain and contextualize any potential concerns the committee may have about your application.

*For M.Ed. with Graduate Teacher Certification, the Statement of Purpose must be filmed.

Essays for online M.Ed. with STEM emphasis applicants

Essay topics are included below for your planning purposes; however, final submissions must be included in the UniCAS application system as one document to be considered. Emailed or mailed essays will not be accepted. You will also need to submit your vita, which includes your education, job experience, and any professional presentations, publications, grants, professional certifications/licenses held and participation in professional organizations. Essays must be written with appropriate APA formatting and citations.

  1. Successful applicants to this program indicate a reason matched to a need for earning this professional certificate. Explain your views regarding the match you see between your reason for wanting to earn your STEM Certificate and the need for earning one (1000 word limit)
  2. Successful applicants to this program come with a set of professional and educational experiences that “set the stage” for learning. Our goal is that your experience in the certificate program will advance your own career goals and will contribute to the learning of your students and to peer faculty members at your school. Describe your professional and educational expertise that you bring with you to the STEM Certificate at Texas A&M University and your goals that you will have achieved when you are finished. (1000 word limit)
  3. In dealing with humans we all experience time commitment issues and barriers we need to recognize, plan for and address. Describe your barriers to participating in a certificate program where you will participate in two graduate level courses during the first summer and two courses during the fall semester and how you will overcome each. (1000 word limit)
  • Three professional letters of recommendation. At least one recommendation should be from an instructor or someone who can speak about the applicant’s academic ability.
  • A 3.0 GPA is recommended for admission to the M.Ed. and M.S. programs. If needed, explain and contextualize any potential concerns the committee may have about your application in Essay #2.
  • The GRE is not required when applying to Master’s programs.
  • International Applicants must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to the Admissions Office. Please see our International Graduate Applicants page for additional university requirements.
  • You will need to select the emphasis area within the major of Curriculum and Instruction you wish to pursue. This is for internal coding purposes only, and the emphasis area is not reflected on diplomas or transcripts.

Once you have uploaded all documents and your application is complete, you will be able to submit your application. Your application will be evaluated by a committee of faculty on the following: alignment between your goals and experience with the program; adherence to the expectations for both essay prompts; and letters of recommendation.

For questions regarding the on-campus M.Ed./M.S. applications or online M.Ed. applications, contact the Graduate Advising Office at (979) 862-8032 or

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