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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.

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, Department Head 

in Texas for producing teachers in Math & Science, English/Reading and General Elementary

Graduate Programs, US News & World Report Online School Rankings

Curriculum & Instruction, US News & World Report Online School Rankings

Culture and Curriculum
Curriculum and Instruction
English as a Second Language
Generalist Online
Graduate Teacher Certification + MEd Online
Mathematics Education
Multicultural Education
Reading and Literacy
Science Education
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Online
Technology and Teacher Education
Urban Education
Interdisciplinary Studies
Middle Grades 4-8 Language Arts/Social Studies
Middle Grades 4-8 Math/Science
Denotes online option available


“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.

students studying on computer for teacher certification


Providing greater opportunities and flexibility for students, TLAC offers online degree programs, in addition to many individual Web-based classes.

kid working online


TLAC offers several types of certificates for students as well as Texas Teacher Certifications

Teaching, Learning & Culture

Master's Admissions


Graduate Programs, US News & World Report Online School Rankings

Curriculum & Instruction, US News & World Report Online School Rankings

For Veterans, College of Education & Human Development, US News & World Report Online School Rankings

Admissions Deadlines

Master's in Curriculum and Instruction
Delivery Method
Spring 2020
Summer 2020
Fall 2020
Generalist Emphasis Online (M.Ed.) Oct. 1, 2019 NA
Mar. 1, 2020
STEM Emphasis Online (M.Ed.) NA
Mar. 1, 2020 NA
Reading and Literacy Emphasis Traditional (M.Ed./M.S)
or Online (M.Ed.)
Oct. 1, 2019 Mar. 1, 2020 Mar. 1, 2020
Graduate Teacher Certification Emphasis Online (M.Ed.) Oct. 1, 2019 Dec. 1, 2019 Mar. 1, 2020
Mathematics Education Emphasis Traditional (M.Ed./M.S.) Oct. 1, 2019 NA Mar. 1, 2020
Science Education Emphasis Traditional (M.Ed./M.S.) Oct. 1, 2019 NA Mar. 1, 2020
Multicultural Education Emphasis Traditional (M.Ed./M.S.) Oct. 1, 2019 NA Mar. 1, 2020
Urban Education Emphasis Online (M.Ed.) Oct. 1, 2019 NA Mar. 1, 2020
International applicants must have a completed application on file by the following deadlines:
Master's in Curriculum and Instruction
Delivery Method
Spring 2020
Summer 2020
FAll 2020
International Applications All Aug. 1, 2019 NA
Jan. 1, 2020


To apply to Texas A&M’s College of Education graduate degree program you must first apply online at 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” option on the Apply Texas Website. Otherwise, you will not be coded as an online student.

A non-refundable $65 application fee for domestic applicants and $90 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.


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


All applicants must upload the following items in the Texas A&M Applicant Information System for the application package to be considered by the review committee. Please note that applicants will not have access to this system until after they have submitted their Apply Texas application and received a login and password. Also, it will take Admissions at least 3 business days to issue a UIN once the ApplyTexas is submitted. Therefore, please plan to submit your ApplyTexas several days prior to the application deadline to allow enough time for you to access and upload required documents to the AIS.

  • Two essays uploaded in one document addressing following essay topics with appropriate APA formatting and citations. These essays must be submitted to the Applicant Information System portal. Essays sent separately will not be accepted.

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

  1. Explain a critical problem and a possible solution in education related to teaching, learning or culture. (Sample problem areas: Teaching, learning, culture, administration, funding, policy, standards, technology, teacher preparation, student achievement, urban education, motivation, school violence, assessment, 21st Century Skills, subject area curriculum, tablet technology, social networking, international education, middle school and secondary education, etc.) 400-600 words.
  2. Explain at least three behaviors or attributes that have contributed to your success as a student. Provide personal examples. B.) Explain two specific areas that you would like to improve during your graduate studies. (400-600 words total, for A and B.)

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 Applicant Information System (AIS) 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 learning 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 letters of recommendation should be submitted to the Applicant Information System (AIS) portal.
  • A minimum GPR of 2.75 is recommended for admission to the M.Ed. and M.S. programs.
  • Note: 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.
  • Complete the Department Data Sheet in the AIS. 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 submitted all documents and your application is complete, you will be able to click on the “Confirmation Page” link. The link will not be active unless all required documents have been submitted.

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



In light of the current COVID-19 situation, we are offering current Aggies graduating in Spring or Summer 2020 an expedited application process for select graduate programs. This Quick Admissions process is only open to spring and summer TAMU graduates who want to continue their studies in one of our graduate degree programs being offered for this process. Please click on the “Quick Admit Application” to see which programs are being offered. If you do not see your preferred program offering expedited admission, we welcome you to apply during the normal admissions timeline, listed under “Admission Deadlines” above.

External applicants, or those that do not meet the criteria above, are welcome to apply to one of our graduate programs by their normal deadline, listed under “Admission Deadlines” above.


  1. No application fees – Standard application fees are temporarily being waived.
  2. No GRE scores required – Standard requirements for GRE scores are temporarily being waived.
  3. Short application with fast review – Application process temporarily streamlined with a brief online form.

Students who:

  • Wish to pursue a master’s degree in the same department from which they are graduating will undergo an expedited review if they have a 3.25 GPA or higher.
  • Have a 3.0 GPA or higher will undergo an expedited review based on their undergraduate transcript in Howdy.

Students may apply to graduate programs in majors other than their undergraduate major.


  • Fall 2020 (Masters and Ph.D programs): due by 11:59 pm on June 15, 2020
  • Spring 2021 (Masters programs only): due by 11:59 pm on October 1, 2020

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