Professional Learning Credits


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Professional Learning Credit

Participants are eligible to receive continuing education credit or documentation of contact hours upon successful completion of all course requirements. Please obtain approval for credit and reimbursement prior to participating to ensure that the course will meet your professional goals. 

Credit for a Chesapeake Classrooms five-day online immersion course is issued upon successful completion of course requirements and in accordance with the state in which you teach. Credit documents for summer courses are issued by the end of November to accommodate submission, review, and approval of the course project for Virginia, Pennslyvania, and Washington, D.C. teachers.  All Maryland credit documents are issued by September 15th. 

  • District of Columbia: Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours.
  • Maryland: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE. *Pending Approval*
  • Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for Act 48 credit hours for courses conducted in Pennsylvania as well as open "watershed-wide" courses.
  • Virginia: Virginia teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours. 

All teachers are required to post final course projects to their Chesapeake Classrooms Google Classroom Site within 2 weeks of course completion. No project can be accepted after Aug 20, 2021, with the exception of BWET funded Pennsylvania courses.  

Maryland Teachers, MSDE Credit Numbers:
Mapping Climate Change in the Chesapeake Bay: MSDE CPD 18-66-04
Teachers on the Estuary: 15-66-26K
All other courses are considered Chesapeake Classrooms: MSDE CPD 15-66-07. Please keep in mind, if you took a course with us in the last five years, you would have received these same MSDE CPD Course numbers. 

Course Requirements 

Attend an Online Orientation Session: The orientation session will include important information and preparation for the course. 

Participate in a Five-Day Course: Each participant is expected to thoughtfully and actively engage in every day of the course as demonstrated through discussions, hands-on investigations, and a personal course journal. 

Complete Course Project: Each course participant is expected to design and submit a plan for developing a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) with their students. All teachers are required to post final course projects to their Chesapeake Classrooms Google Classroom Site within 2 weeks of course completion. No project can be accepted after Aug 15, 2021, with the exception of BWET funded Pennsylvania courses.  Please contact if you encounter technical difficulties. Graduate credit may have additional requirements.  

Graduate Credit and 2021 Registration

Teachers may register for graduate education credit through Mary Baldwin University for any 5-day course. Chesapeake Classrooms courses are part of the fall 2021 semester with transcripts available at the end of December 2021. You may register as a non-degree student or as an elective in the Master of Education Degree at MBU. For more information on this program, please visit MBU Master of Education in Authentic Learning and Leadership (MEd) or contact Dr. Tamra Willis at

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 University

Course Title: Chesapeake Classrooms
Course Number: ED626
Credits: 3 graduate credits in education  
Cost: Tuition for 3 graduate credits is $802 ($742 for 3 credits, plus a standard $60 technology fee). The cost of graduate credit is in addition to the CBF course fee.

For more information, go to 
or contact: 

Dr. Tamra Willis, Adjunct Professor 
Mary Baldwin University
College of Education
P.O. Box 1500
Staunton, VA 24402

Requirements/Syllabus Please see the 2019 Syllabus for course requirements:
Mary Baldwin University 2021 Syllabus 
Application 2021 Registration Instructions 
Payment Information

Send completed registration form to:

Dr. Tamra Willis
Mary Baldwin University
College of Education, Environment-Based Learning Program
Staunton, VA 24402

Registration Deadline August 10, 2021

Contact Erin O'Neal in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Education Office at 443-482-2056 or by e-mail at with questions.

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