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 immersion course is issued upon successful completion of course requirements and in accordance to 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.

  • 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
  • Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for Act 48 credit hours for courses conducted in Pennsylvania as well as the following courses: A Bird’s Eye View of Chesapeake Bay, Teachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology, Past to Present: Mapping the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Virginia: Virginia teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours 

Individual Final Projects are due September 1. Teachers are required to post projects to their course folder in the Chesapeake Classrooms SharePoint Site. Please contact if you encounter technical difficulties.

Course Requirements 

Attend an Orientation Session: The orientation session will include important information and preparation for the summer field course. The session may be conducted in-person or on-line depending on the course.

Participate in a Field 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. Course Projects are due September 1st and are required to be reviewed and approved in order to receive documentation of participation or course credit. Projects must be posted to the course folder on the Chesapeake Classrooms SharePoint Site. Please contact if you encounter technical difficulties. Graduate credit may have additional requirements.  

Graduate Credit and 2020 Registration

Teachers may register for graduate education credit through Mary Baldwin University for any 5-day course. The online portion of this course is conducted during the Fall 2020 semester with credits awarded at the end of December 2020.

Advanced science content courses—Teachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology or A Bird's Eye View of the Chesapeake Bay—can be taken for science graduate credit through Virginia Common Wealth 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 University

Course Title: Chesapeake Classrooms
Course Number: ED626
Credits: You may take a Chesapeake Classrooms course as a special student, or an elective in the Master of Education Degree in Environment-Based Learning (EBL), or as part of a 15 credit hour (4 course) certificate in EBL.  
Cost: $780 for 3 Graduate credits paid to Mary Baldwin University (plus the course fee paid to CBF) 

For more information, go to or contact:
Dr. Tamra Willis
Mary Baldwin University
College of Education, Environment-Based Learning Program
Staunton, VA 24402

Requirements/Syllabus Please see the 2019 Syllabus for course requirements:
Mary Baldwin University 2019 Syllabus 
Application 2020 Registration Coming Soon!
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 15, 2020

 Virginia Commonwealth University
*Graduate credit from VCU is only available for teachers who participate in the Teachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology or A Bird's Eye View of the Chesapeake Bay summer courses*

Course Title:
Chesapeake Classrooms: Teachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology, July 6-10, 2020
Chesapeake Classrooms: A Bird's Eye View of the Chesapeake Bay, August 3-7,2020
Course Number: LFSC 591c
Credits: 3 graduate credits in Life Science
Cost: Course fees for 2020 coming soon! Participants can expect to pay approximately $580 for 3 VCU graduate credits plus CBF's $300 course fee for Teachers on the Bay or A Bird's Eye View.

Requirements/Syllabus Course Syllabus and Course Requirements 
CBF Course Registration Complete registration at and submit CBF course fee online.
Payment Information

Register for graduate credit by completing the Registration Form for your course and the Application for Virginia In-State Tuition form.
The Virginia In-State Tuition form needs to be completed by everyone even if you are not a Virginia resident. Your residency status will not affect the cost of the course.

Mail completed forms and VCU tuition to:
Chesapeake Classrooms, attn: Cindy Ryder
6 Herndon Avenue Annapolis, MD 21403.
Please make VCU tuition checks payable to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

VCU Registration and Tuition Deadline Teachers on the Bay Registration Form—July 1, 20120
A Bird's Eye View of the Chesapeake Bay Registration Form—August 1, 2020

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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