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Amber Brown

Amber Brown, Ed.D.

Assistant 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.

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