Amie Beckett

Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
Ph.D. Education

Dr. Beckett has served in higher education since 1994, and at Walden University since 2005. At Walden University, she has worked with students in Ph.D., Ed.S., Ed.D., and MsEd programs. From 2006-2012, she served as a coordinator for the Early Childhood Specialization. For a portion of that period, she also served as coordinator of Global and Comparative Education and Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. Prior to her employment at Walden, she was on the early childhood faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the Language and Literacy and Multilingual Studies faculties at Texas Tech University. She also served as a visiting professor at the University of the Americas (La Universidad de las Americas) in Puebla, Mexico, teaching courses in constructivism. She has also worked at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C. and the Texas Education Agency, where she coordinated early childhood policy. Her research interests include multilingual aspects of early childhood development and resilience in early childhood. She has supervised capstone projects and has presented research internationally.

Courses Taught

EDDD/EDSD/EDPD 8081/7081/8081 - The Language and Literacy Continuum Birth-Age 8

EDUC 7854/8854 - Dynamics of Early Childhood Policies and Systems

EDUC 8851/7851 - Global Perspectives on Development and Learning

RSCH 8110/7110/6110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods

EDUC 8112 - Social Change in Education


PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

MA, The University of Texas at Austin

BS, The University of Texas at Austin

AA, El Centro College

Public Service

San Marcos Association of Retired Teachers, Committee Member - San Marcos

Awards / Honors

Rita Turner Award, Walden University, 2009

McDonald Excellence in Teaching Award, Texas Tech University, 1997

Oxford Round Table, , 2003


Beckett, A. A. (2003). Removing Cultural Barriers to Motivation. Kappa Delta Pi Record


Beckett, A. A., Horowitz, R. (2005). Protective factors to prevent the Fourth Grade Slump for English Language Learners.