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.

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 

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“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

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Program Overview

Aggie Teacher Education Residency Model


“Short-TERM clinical experience, long-TERM teacher impact.”

aggieTERM provides prospective TAMU beginning teachers with a year-long clinical residency to develop the classroom expertise to become effective, long-term educators in high need school districts in Texas. Candidates may be offered a teaching position upon successful completion of the residency.


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Read about aggieTERM in the news at

Aggie student teachers kick off first aggieTERM at Bryan ISD:

Bryan ISD hosts orientation breakfast for aggieTERM students:

“Fannin Elementary students write to US service members”

Facebook: “Bryan ISD Human Resources checked in with our 11 Aggie student teachers…”

KBTX: “Bryan ISD extends aggieTERM Program”

The Eagle: “Bryan school board to expand student-teaching partnership with Texas A&M”

KBTX: “Caldwell ISD First Day of School-Daleigh Drgac”



2020-2021 Calendar:

Student speaking at the aggieTERM orientation breakfast

Meet aggieTERM’s newest residents class of 2021!

We now have residents at Bryan ISD and Caldwell ISD.


What is a Teacher Residency?

Teacher residency programs are, by definition, district-serving teacher education programs that pair a rigorous full-year classroom apprenticeship with master’s level education content. “Residency programs are partnerships among school districts, universities, and other stakeholders to prepare and retain effective teachers” (NCTR, 2018, p. 3). Teacher residencies are opportunities for preservice teachers to be authentically active in the classroom for an extended period and to “experiment with specific and concrete strategies under realistic conditions” (Pankowski & Walker, 2016, p. 4). Read more here.

Our Approach

aggieTERM is framed within a 5-point Comprehensive Community Induction Model. There is an impressive body of research on the aspects of teacher preparation that have the most impact on quality teachers. From this literature, one can identify five key attributes that researchers have found to be linked to quality clinical teaching:

  1. A coherent vision of teaching between school and university partners
  2. Comprehensive strategies that enhance clinical experiences
  3. Shared governance
  4. Developmental induction training for clinical teachers and mentors
  5. Anchored in the community


  • Stipend award of $20,000+ for Track 1 students, and $40,000+ for Track 2 students in their internship/residency year.
  • Authentic year-long clinical teaching experiences in a partner school district
  • Coursework designed to support teaching certification
  • Laptop courtesy of the school district
  • Quality mentoring from school district staff, TAMU faculty, and local community
  • Free professional development opportunities each semester
  • Opportunities for paid after-school tutoring
  • Possible financial assistance for teacher certification exams (Track 1 only)
  • Job placement in partner school district
  • Student loan forgiveness may be available after 5 years of teaching in a high need school.
  • Opportunity to share professional expertise and a passion for teaching and learning

How to Apply to the aggieTERM Program

a. Check the website for details.
b. Selected candidates must complete a background check which is paid for by the candidate.
c. Students must sign an ‘Intent to Serve’ agreement, which includes a commitment to (a) remain employed as a teacher of record for a minimum of three years after the one year of residency and (b) enroll and complete a master’s in education graduate program (Track 2 only).
d. Students accepted into the aggieTERM Program are required to pass the teacher certification content exam.

For more information:
  1. Track 1, please contact Suzanne Bettencourt at
    Track 1 will not be offered for the Fall 2022 semester.
  2. Track 2, please contact Cassidy Caldwell at

What do our Texas A&M faculty have to say?

aggieTERM brings together all the best teacher preparation practices in partnership with our partner school districts —fostering a day-1-ready start to students’ careers as beginning teachers.

– Dr. Miranda Walichowski, Clinical Associate Professor Undergraduate Bilingual Education Programs

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