Dr. Brown has continuously promoted early childhood education. For over forty years, he has influenced early childhood policy, programs and legislation. As a professor, Dr. Brown mentors and trains future early childhood educators.
Conversation with Dr. Brown
What draws you to curriculum and instruction, specifically early childhood?
“I have a strong interest in developing and designing quality programs for young children and their families. All of my training and degrees have focused on the discipline of early childhood. I have been able to study many components of early childhood education from program, to research, to legislation, to policies.”
What has been your favorite course to teach?
“I must say I really enjoy EDCI 695 – Doctoral Research Methodology. This course provides one of the first experiences in learning the fundamentals of conducting educational research. Special attention is devoted to helping students understand how to design a research investigation with emphasis on understanding research questions, research design, data analysis and writing up the findings in a research report.”
Tell us about a project you are currently working on or recently completed.
“I have been working with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on the design and development of the new EC-3 certification program in Texas. This new program will allow preservice teachers to receive specialized training in working with young children, ages 3 through 8 or Prekindergarten through 3rd grade. I’ve been able to work on the design of standards for this new program. I am also currently conducting research on family involvement in early childhood education with Head Start of Greater Dallas, Inc.”
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
“First, I would make sure that the student’s program of interest aligns with their long-term professional goals. Second, I would help the student understand the quality of the faculty within our department. Third, I would talk about the graduation rate of our students; approximately 80% of our students who enter the SCI doctoral program complete the program. Additionally, I would talk about the strong mentoring support provided by faculty during the doctoral journey. Finally, I would talk about the professional opportunities to work with faculty and other doctoral students on projects throughout the doctoral journey.”
- Ph.D., Early Childhood Education, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 1984
- M.Ed., Early Childhood Education, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 1976
- BS, Elementary Education (Kindergarten Certification), Texas A&M University-Commerce, 1973
Awards and Honors
- 2020, Faculty Eminent Scholar Award, Texas A&M University-Commerce
- 2016, Texas A&M System Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators
- 2011, TAEYC Teacher Educator of the Year Award, Texas Association for the Education of Young Children
- 2010, William L. Mayo Professorship Award, Texas A&M University – Commerce
- Parent Involvement and Family Literacy
- Emergent Literacy in Young Children
- Early Numeracy in Young Children
- American Educational Research Association
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
- International Literacy Association