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Amber Brown

Amber Brown, Ed.D.

Program Director and Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education,
College of Education

Contact number: 281-283-3627
Office: B1119-2


Amber L. Brown graduated from the University of North Texas with a doctorate degree in early childhood education. She is a former preschool and elementary teacher as well as a former preschool director.

In addition to many years of private and public-school experience, Dr. Brown teaches and studies play-based pedagogy training for early childhood educators, early childhood intervention, and the promotion of executive function skills at local as well as state and national conferences.

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

  • Early Childhood Intervention Programs
  • Playful Pedagogy
  • Executive Function Development in Young Children
  • Family Engagement
  • Preservice Teacher Efficacy 


  • Brown, A. L., Collins, D., & Myers, J. (2021). How pre-service teachers’ sense of teaching efficacy and preparedness to teach impact performance during student teaching. Educational Studies, 47(1), 38-58. doi: 10.1080/03055698.2019.1651696. (Published first online in 2019;
  • Jain, P., & Brown, A. L. (2020). Using an adapted Lesson Study with early childhood undergraduate students. Teaching Education. doi: 10.1080/10476210.2020.1826424.
  • Brown, A. L., & Jain, P. (2020). Doing projects with young children in a field-based early childhood education course. Educational Studies. doi: 10.1080/03055698.2020.1798743.
  • Brown, A. L. (2019). Lessons learned from Head Start and HIPPY collaborations. NHSA Dialog: A Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field, 21(2), 96-102. Retrieved from
  • Brown, A. L. & Lee, J. (2017). Evaluating the efficacy of children participating in HIPPY and in Head Start. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 15(1), 61-72. doi: 0.1177/1476718X15577006.(first published in 2015;
  • Brown, A. L. (2015). The impact of early intervention on the school readiness of children born to teenage mothers. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 13(2), 181-195.     doi: 10.1177/1476718X13479048
  • Brown, A. L., Lee, J., & Collins, D. (2015). Does student teaching matter? Investigating teacher candidates’ sense of teaching efficacy. Teaching Education, 26(1), 77-93.             doi: 10.1080/10476210.2014.957666
  • Brown, A. L. (2014). Implementing active learning into online teacher preparation courses. The American Journal of Distance Education, 28(3). doi: 10.1080/08923647. 2014.924695
  • Brown, A. L., & Lee, J. (2014). School performance in elementary, middle and high school: A comparison of children based on HIPPY participation during the preschool years. The School Community Journal, 24(2), 83-106. Retrieved from
  • Brown, A. L., Harris, M. M., Jacobson, A. L., Trotti, J., & Nathans, L. (2014). Parent Teacher Education Connection: Preparing pre-service teachers for family engagement. The Teacher Educator, 49(2), 133-151. doi: 10.1080/ 08878730.2014.887169

Courses (Current Academic Year)

  • ECED 4302 Integrated Curriculum for Young Children 
  • ECED 4305 Literacy Development: Birth to Age 5 
  • ECED 4309 Advocacy and Parent Engagement 
  • ECED 4320 Play in Early Childhood Curriculum 
  • ECED 4323 Advanced Topics: Preschool Curriculum 
  • ECED 4325 Early Childhood Program Development & Management I 
  • ECED 4327 Early Childhood Program Development & Management II 
  • ECED 4329 Early Childhood Program Development & Management III 
  • ECED 4733 Early Childhood Education Practicum 
  • ECED 5032 Community Programs for Young Children 
  • ECED 5132 Literacy Development in Early Childhood
  • ECED 5231 Play and the Developing Child
  • ECED 5336 Administration and Management of Programs for Young Children I 
  • ECED 5337 Administration and Management of Programs for Young Children II 
  • ECED 6739 Early Childhood Education Practicum 
  • EDUC 6939 Thesis 
  • EDLS 8939 Dissertation 
  • EDLS 7036 Special Populations: Early Childhood Education (hybrid)

Research Projects

  • Playful Pedagogy in Early Childhood Teacher Education
  • Executive Function Development Programs for young children
  • HIPPY Early Childhood intervention program