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EKU Alumna Katie Bolen Returned to EKU for Teacher Certification in Graduate MAT Program

Katie Bolen, EKU Master of Arts in Teaching

Katie Bolen graduated from EKU in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree, but she did not earn a state teacher certification. However, her work as a preschool assistant and teacher motivated her to continue her education and earn elementary teacher certification. She is now a student in EKU’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. In this program, people with an undergraduate degree earn teacher certification at the graduate level and can seek a full-time job as a teacher as they complete the online coursework. In August, Bolen will be a fifth grade teacher at Crittenden-Mt. Zion Elementary in the Grant County School District.

“My kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Holloway, was my inspiration. Her kind-hearted and genuine approach to children just made me know instantly this was my future career. I wanted to be just like her,” said Bolen. “The most rewarding aspect of teaching is the ‘aha’ moments when students get it. And I can impact future generations by providing the tools and knowledge they need to know.”

“EKU has always been close to my heart! I have used what I learned at EKU to help me further my career in education. With the help of American Sign Language classes and special education training in my undergraduate degree, I was able to work closely with my preschool students to help them succeed in class,” she said. “Now I’m furthering my knowledge in the Master of Arts in Teaching program and earning my elementary teacher certification.”

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Published on May 25, 2021

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