I have a strong interest in developing and designing quality programs for young children and their families.

David Brown, Ph.D.
Professor

  • Alum
  • Faculty
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Contact
Office
SES 229
Related Department
Curriculum and Instruction, Department of
College Major
Elementary Education
Year Graduated
1973

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.”

Educational Background

  • 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

Research Interests

  • Parent Involvement and Family Literacy
  • Emergent Literacy in Young Children
  • Early Numeracy in Young Children

Professional Organizations

  • American Educational Research Association
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • International Literacy Association

Selected Publications

  • Brown, D.L., Sennette, J.N., McCrary, D.E., and Morton, T. (2019). The Effects of a Science-Based Curriculum on the Outcomes of PreK Students. Journal of Education and Social Justice, 6(1), 28-41.
  • Brown, D.L., Sennette, J.N., McCrary, D.E., and Morton, T. (2019). Literacy Growth for Children of Poverty. Dimensions of Early Childhood, 47(2), 21-24.
  • Brown, D.L., Sennette, J.N., McCrary, D.E., and Morton, T. (2017). Response to Intervention and Authentic Assessment: Is Coexistence Possible? Dimensions of Early Childhood, 45(1), 30-38.
  • Brown, D.L., Sennette, J.N., and McCrary, D.E. (2016). Using Ecological Assessment to Reduce Aggressive Behaviors in Young Children with Behavior Problems. Education, 136(3), 365-377.
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