Photo by Jeff Rogge/CBF StaffAn educator examines a seahorse during CBF's summer immersion course. Photo by Jeff Rogge/CBF Staff.

Logo: Chesapeake ClassroomsProfessional Development Credits

Chesapeake Classrooms participants can earn recertification credit/hours by completing a five-day summer immersion course and submitting an issue investigation plan. Graduate credit is also available.  Below are all of the details for the credit process. If you have specific questions, please contact Erin O'Neal at 443-482-2056 or by e-mail at

Recertification Credit

Credit for a Chesapeake Classrooms five-day immersion course is issued in accordance to the state in which you teach:

District of Columbia*

Documentation of Contact Hours


3 Continuing Professional Development Credits


Act 48 credit available for select PA courses. 


Documentation of 45 Contact Hours

*D.C. teachers cannot earn recertification credit for courses taken outside of their district. Graduate credit is available; additional fees apply, see below.

Participants will receive their credit receipt by the end of October.

Issue Investigation Plans are due September 1. Teachers need to upload them to the Chesapeake Classrooms Google Drive.  If you need to mail your Issue Investigation Plan on a CD, please send it to:

Chesapeake Classrooms
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
6 Herndon Ave
Annapolis, MD 21403

Graduate Credit

Participants on any course may register for graduate credit from Mary Baldwin College or Howard University. See below for details on registration, fees, and course requirements.  Graduate credit costs are in addition to the CBF course fee and require additional course work.

  Mary Baldwin College
Details Course Title: Chesapeake Classrooms
Course Number: ED626
Credits: You may take this one course as a special student or as part of a 15 credit hour (4 course) certificate in EBL or as an elective in the Master of Education Degree in Environment-Based Learning.
Cost: $695 for 3 credits
For more information, go to or contact:
Dr. Tamra Willis
Mary Baldwin College
Graduate Teacher Education Environment-Based Learning Program
Edmondson House
Staunton, VA  24401
Requirements/Syllabus Course Syllabus and Course Requirements
Application Application (Word document)
Payment Information

Send completed registration form along with the tuition fee of $695 to this address by August15th:
Lori Johnson
Graduate Teacher Education
Mary Baldwin
221 N. Market Street
Staunton, VA  24401

Make checks payable to Mary Baldwin College or you may pay with visa using the application form.

Registration Deadline August 15, you will receive a MBC username and password to use on Blackboard
  Projects in Education - Howard University

Course Title: Chesapeake Classrooms
Course Number: Should be blank on the application and will be completed by the University
Credits: Projects in Education in collaboration with the Howard University School of Education will provide low-cost, non-degree, graduate-level credit to participants in CBF's professional development training program. The graduate credits can be used for teacher certification, salary increments, or for recertification/seat hours, where applicable. These professional development courses cannot be applied to any degree-granting programs of Howard University.
Cost: $375 for 3 credits


Active participation in the five-day Chesapeake Classrooms field experience, including, but not limited to, field studies, discussions, reading assignments, and the orientation session prior to the course. 

Completion of a course journal to record assignments, professional reflection, data collection and reading notes.

Completion of an Issues Investigation Plan outlining a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience for your students. This includes a timeline and three sample lesson plans. Plans must be submitted to CBF by 1 Sept. Samples and templates are available in the Chesapeake Classrooms Teachers Guide and Teacher Resources page.

A three to five page reflection of the experience. The paper should include your personal reflections on the field experience and your thoughts on applying the course to your classroom teaching.

Application Teachers need to complete the P/E Student Application and the HU Student Application (download both at the Projects in Education Office website).
Payment Information

Send both the P/E Student Application and the HU Student Application Forms along with a check for the $375 tuition fee to the Projects in Education Office.  The line on the Howard University application requesting course number remains blank. The University completes this line.

Projects In Education
1234 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 113,
Washington, DC 20005

Registration Deadline August 15
  Virginia Commonwealth University
*graduate credit from VCU is only available for teachers who participate in the Bay Academy or Teachers on the Bay summer courses*
Details Course Title: 
Chesapeake Classrooms: Chesapeake Bay Academy June 23-27 or 

Chesapeake Classrooms: Teachers on the Bay – Marine Ecology July 7-11
Course Number: LFSC 591c
Credits: 3 graduate credits in Life Science
Cost: $405 plus CBF's $350 course fee
For more information, contact the course instructor and CBF's Senior Educator, Bill Portlock at

Requirements/Syllabus Course Syllabus and Course Requirements Coming Soon
Registration Complete registration online at (click the June or July tab depending on the course you're registering for) and submit CBF's $350 course fee.  Contact Bill Portlock to confirm your intention to receive graduate credit.  Bill Portlock at
Payment Information

After completing the registration online at and paying the $350 CBF course fee, tuition payment is due on the first day of class.  Tuiton payment needs to be by check or cash, no credit cards please, payable to St. Margaret’s School (the fiscal agent for VCU for these courses).

Registration Deadline

Bay Academy - May 31, 2014

Teachers on the Bay - June 30, 2014


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