Changing Her Path: Kelsey Brockman Becomes a Teacher in Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Melanie Cundiff
Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko, NKU

“Applying to the MAT program at NKU is one of the smartest decisions I've ever made...”

By Tom Ramstetter
NKU Marketing + Communications

Kelsey Brockman had no idea what she wanted to be when she was pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in history at Northern Kentucky University just a few years ago.

In fact, it took her a little while after completing her degree in 2010 to realize what she really wanted to do…

Teach.

“I'd coached high school sports and guards for ages and I finally made the connection that I would be happiest pursuing a career in which I could continue instructing adolescents,” Kelsey says.

So the 27-year-old Burlington, Kentucky, native discovered the Master of Arts in Teaching program offered by the College of Education and Human Services at her alma mater, NKU.

“I was beyond pleased in obtaining my bachelor's from NKU and thus, when I finally decided what my life goal was, it was no question where I wanted to attend,” Kelsey says.

The MAT at NKU is designed for bachelor’s degree holders who wish to become teachers in a field at the middle or secondary grade levels.

“Applying to the MAT program at NKU is one of the smartest decisions I've ever made,” Kelsey says. “The program facilitates a teaching career for those of us that have come about it in untraditional ways and the professors are excellent mentors that are fully invested in preparing future teachers.”

Kelsey is in her second year in the program, on target to graduate in May 2016. This fall she is experiencing teaching for the first time, teaching English to 10th and 11th graders at Lloyd Memorial High School and “enjoying every minute of it, even the challenging times.”  

She notes the program does require hard work and a sizable time commitment, but promises if someone is serious about pursuing a job in the education field, it is well worth the effort.

“Kelsey, in exemplary fashion, has demonstrated the passion, drive, and enthusiasm necessary to become a quality educator,” says Dr. Doug Feldmann, professor of curriculum studies and director of the MAT program at NKU. “She has approached her activities and fieldwork in the MAT program with the most positive of attitudes — and the result has been a tremendous impact on the lives of the high school students whom she now teaches.”

The community atmosphere in the MAT program has allowed Kelsey to gain colleagues, friends, and a network of support.

“Not a week goes by where I do not text or receive a call from other teachers in the program sharing stories or talking about tips and tricks,” Kelsey says. 

Once her program work is finished, Kelsey looks forward to a brief summer vacation breather before continuing to hone her teaching skills for next school year. Later, she’ll return to achieve her Rank I certification.

Kelsey also looks forward to having more time to spend getting involved with school clubs and organizations — the activities that led her to teaching when she didn’t know where her career path was leading.

The MAT program was there to help her blaze the right path.

“The MAT program is a huge blessing because I had no idea what I wanted to do when I was in school for my bachelor's degree,” Kelsey says. “The best experience I have had as a result of being in the MAT program is feeling prepared and enthusiastic on the first day starting my teaching career, which inevitably was due to the mentoring and advice I received from my professors.”

Change Your Path.
Lead the Way.

Begin your career as a teacher with NKU’s Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

This program is designed for individuals who have completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and wish to become teachers. Candidates will choose a teaching field at the middle or secondary grade levels.

For more information about the Master of Arts in Teaching at NKU, visit our website or contact the Department of Teacher Education at (859) 572-5624.