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Dr. David Brown

Professor, Early Childhood Education

William L. Mayo Professor of Early Childhood Education and Co-Coordinator of Doctoral Program

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Office Location: Education South 229

Phone: 903-886-5536


Brief Biography

David L. Brown is a professor of Early Childhood Education at Texas A&M University - Commerce. Dr. Brown teaches graduate courses in Research Methodology, Leadership, Curriculum Design, Early Literacy Development, and other relevant topics in Early Childhood Education. In addition to teaching, Dr. Brown has served in many roles throughout the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. These roles include chair of the Tenure & Promotion Committee, member of the Department's Scholarships Committee and co-coordinator of the Master's Program in Early Childhood Education. Presently, Dr. Brown serves as a Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, as well as a Representative of the Institutional Effectiveness (IE) Leadership Team working with program coordinators on their SACS reports. Prior to his work at Texas A&M University - Commerce, Dr. Brown taught kindergarten, first grade and a kindergarten/first grade mixed-age class in the Dallas public school system.

Dr. Brown is considered by many to be a leader in the preschool movement and a recognized researcher in the areas of Emergent Literacy and Early Childhood Education. He is a frequent presenter at the American Educational Research Association (AERA), National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA), National Head Start Research Conference and many other professional organizations. His research and writings have focused on Print Awareness, Classroom Quality, Language and Literacy Development in Young Children, Early Numeracy with Preschool Children, Mixed-Age Classrooms, Family Involvement in Children's Learning and Emergent Literacy. Dr. Brown has collaborated in the development and implementation of several research projects investigating Classroom Quality, Early Numeracy, the Impact of Head Start Teachers Professional Development on Children's Outcomes, and Preschool Literacy Practices in Head Start Classrooms. Currently, He serves as the Principal Investigator for Head Start of Greater Dallas, Inc.’s Math/Science Project. He has been a consultant to the Department of Education, Texas Education Agency (TEA), and numerous other institutions and school districts across the country. He has several publications on Literacy and Young Children.

Dr. Brown is currently a member of the TEA’s Educator Standards Committee which provides recommendations for the EC – 3rd Grade Teacher Certification. He also holds memberships in NAEYC, Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), National Head Start Association (NHSA), Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), and AERA. Additionally, Professor Brown has been active in the North Texas Area Federation Early Childhood Committee where he served as President and Secretary, served on the Editorial Board of the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), and has served as a National Advisor for the popular children's television program - Sesame Street.

Dr Brown has been the recipient of many institutional awards, including the William L. Mayo Professorship Award in 2010, the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (TAEYC) Teacher Educator of the Year Award in 2011, and the Texas Association of Black Professors of Higher Education (TABPHE) Award in 2016. Dr Brown was also inducted into the African American Educator's Hall of Fame in 2012. Most recently, he received the Texas A&M System Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators Award and was awarded Professor of the Year by the Hunt/Hopkins African American Leadership Conference, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. of Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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