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

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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

TLAC PROGRAMS

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UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

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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GLOBAL ONLINE EDUCATION

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

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Certificates

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

Field Experience Office

Teaching, Learning & Culture

Field Experiences


The TLAC Field Experiences Office is responsible for administering and organizing field placements for EC–6 Generalist, Middle Grades 4–8 Math/Science, Middle Grades 4–8 Language Arts/Social Studies, Middle Grades 4–8 English and Secondary 7–12 students.

Students complete a consecutive series of methods blocks as part of their degree plan, before completing their clinical teaching experience the final semester before graduation. All senior methods students and clinical teachers are required to have liability insurance.

The TLAC Field Experiences Office also organizes the TAMU Education Career Fair. We welcome you to LIKE us on Facebook, where recruiting entities connect with current and former student teachers, job opportunities are posted and semester news is shared.

By starting with some of the best students in Texas and adding an outstanding team of Texas A&M faculty plus the support of excellent mentors in the Brazos Valley, we know we can Always Expect More of Aggie Teachers.

SENIOR METHODS SEMINAR


Senior Methods Seminars are recorded and may be viewed at TLAC’s YouTube page.

2018 Clinical Teachers


 

Fall 2018 Clinical Teachers

Fall 2018 Clinical Teachers must attempt and pass primary content exam by May 5, 2018

Students must attend both mandatory meetings to be cleared for clinical teaching.

  • Informational – Friday, February 2 at Rudder Tower, Room 601 from 10:30 to 12
  • Orientation – April 20th at GSC room 101A from 9:45 to 11:15

 

Spring 2018 Clinical Teachers

Spring 2018 Clinical Teachers must attempt and pass primary content exam by October 14, 2017

Students must attend both mandatory meetings to be cleared for clinical teaching.

 

Liability Insurance


All senior methods students and clinical teachers are required to have liability insurance. If you do not have insurance, you will need to get it before the start of the semester. There are several organizations that provide this insurance at little or no cost.

Contacts for Professional Organizations

Liability Insurance Information for Pre-service Teachers

Texas Classroom Teachers Association

Can sign up for both senior methods semester and clinical teaching if not covered in one year.
School year – September 1 through August 31
Free (Associate – $70 if on a school payroll)

Phone: (888) 879-8282

Texas Classroom Teachers Association

ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS

Can sign up for both senior methods semester and clinical teaching if not covered in one year.
School year – September 1 through August 31
Free (Associate – $70 if on a school payroll)

(800) 777-2873

Association of Texas Professional Educators

TEXAS STATE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

School year – September 1 through August 31
$25 per year

(877) 777-2873

Texas State Teachers Association Application & Certification Information

Clinical Teaching Partnering School Districts


This information is intended for Fall 2017 Clinical Teachers and is subject to change at any time.  All school districts are fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency. Most districts accept K–12 placement requests. Texas School District Map Locator

Clinical teachers may not be placed on a campus with an immediate relative.

Current Texas School District Partnerships

  •   Abilene area ~ Wylie
  •   Austin area ~ Del Valle, Dripping Springs, Elgin, Leander
  •   Beeville
  •   Brenham
  •   Dallas/Fort Worth area ~ Birdville, Burleson, Carroll, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Coppell, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw, Ferris, Frisco, Grand Prairie, Irving, Lewisville, Mansfield, McKinney, Mesquite, Prosper, Richardson, Wylie
  •   De Leon
  •   Early
  •   Eastland
  •   Edna
  •   Fayetteville
  •   Hallsville
  •   Harlingen
  •   Harmony
  •   Houston area ~ Aldine, Alvin, Barbers Hill, Brazosport, Clear Creek,  Columbia-Brazoria, Conroe, Cy-Fair, Dickinson, Galena Park, Galveston, Goose Creek, Houston, Huffman, Humble, Katy, KIPP Houston, Lamar, Montgomery, Pasadena, Pearland, Spring Branch, Tomball, Waller, YES Prep
  •   Ingleside
  •   Killeen
  •   La Grange
  •   Lindale
  •   Little Cypress-Mauriceville
  •   Local area* ~ Anderson-Shiro, Bryan, Caldwell, College Station, Franklin, Iola, Mumford, Navasota, North Zulch
  •   Lufkin
  •   Madisonville
  •   Mexia
  •   Milano
  •   Normangee
  •   North Lamar
  •   Pine Tree
  •   Sabinal
  •   San Antonio area ~ Comal, La Vernia, Northside
  •   Socorro
  •   Temple
  •   Tyler area ~ Whitehouse
  •   Victoria
  •   Waco area ~ Midway
  •   Wharton
  •   Yoakum

*Starting Fall 2012, TLAC places local clinical teachers in outlying districts within 35 miles of the TAMU campus first. This guarantees clinical teachers will have a sustained experience working with diverse groups of students, which will in turn increase their marketability.

Interested clinical teachers will have an opportunity to receive more details in requesting a new district not listed above:

  • District must be more than 35 miles from any current partnering district.
  • District must sign a one year agreement and be willing to host any interested TLAC clinical teacher.
  • A TEA qualified supervisor must be hired and trained within the timeline set by the FIeld Experiences Office.
    – Supervisors must have a current teaching certificate, a Master’s Degree with at least 3 years teaching experience, and may not be a current district employee.

 

Field Placement Policies


Effective Fall of 2012, the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture implemented several changes to the field experiences for our students. These changes are in response to conversations with the Chancellors of the Texas A&M University System and our College, as well as state requirements and feedback from faculty and local school district personnel.

Current policies for field placements in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture are as follows:

Field Placement Policies

  • Students in their Junior II semester will be placed in an elementary or middle grade classroom for one full day a week for 12 weeks in the field in Bryan/College Station public schools whenever possible. Previous policies required one half day a week for 10 weeks.
  • Students in their Senior Methods semester will be placed in an elementary or middle grade classroom for two full days a week for 12 weeks in Bryan/College Station public schools whenever possible. Previous policies required two full days a week for 10 weeks.
  • Clinical teachers who elect to stay locally will be placed in an elementary or middle grade classroom for 65 days following the public school calendar, in public schools within a 35-mile radius of campus.  Previous policies allowed placements within a 50-mile radius of the TAMU campus.
    • Local clinical teachers will be placed in outlying districts first. This guarantees clinical teachers will have a sustained experience working with diverse groups of students, which will in turn increase their marketability.
    • Clinical teachers will not be placed in a school where they completed early field experience.
    • Clinical teachers may not be placed on a campus with an immediate relative.
    • Clinical teachers follow the school district calendar, not the TAMU calendar.  Spring clinical teaching will officially begin the first day public school students return from the holiday break. University supervisors host required orientation and seminars the first week of clinical teaching, so all students within a district must start on the same day.
    • For a list of clinical teaching partnering school districts, please visit here.

Exclusions to policy: The changes in field placement policies apply only to three programs, namely the elementary (EC–6) program and the two middle grade programs (4–8 Language Arts/Social Studies and 4–8 Math/Science). It does not apply to students in agriculture education, bilingual education, health and kinesiology, special education or any of our secondary programs, such as the AggieTeach students or the Post-Baccalaureate program.

Description of Field Experiences


Junior II

  • One full day/week
  • 12 week placement beginning third week of TAMU semester
  • First formal experience in actual classroom
  • Elementary and middle grades

Senior Methods

  • Two full, consecutive days/week (M/T or W/R)
  • 12 week placement beginning third week of TAMU semester
  • Semester prior to clinical teaching
  • Expanded classroom responsibilities
  • Elementary and middle grades

Secondary

  • One half-day/week
  • 10 week placement beginning third week of TAMU semester
  • High school

Clinical Teaching

  • 5 full days/week
  • 65 day placement beginning the first day district students return from summer/winter break

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