Education & Early Childhood

Chesapeake has been a leader in education since we opened our doors in 1967. We prepare education professionals for rewarding careers.

Chesapeake students gain classroom experience throughout our five-county service area in K-12 settings. Many of our graduates continue their career path, earning bachelor’s, graduate and post-graduate degrees in education.


Why Chesapeake

Chesapeake’s faculty members are top educators dedicated to strengthening the field at all levels. Our programs combine pedagogy, national best practices and field work to provide comprehensive preparation for all areas of education. Students are in the field with every education class - early and often, to gain real experience to enhance their classroom learning. The classes are interactive with technology embedded in the curriculum. Our instructors use open-source textbooks and iPads to strengthen their students’ proficiency with technology.

Earn your Early Childhood Education Bachelors at the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center!

Thanks to Chesapeake’s articulation agreements, you can seamlessly transfer to Salisbury University or the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Early Childhood students have the option to continue their bachelor’s degree with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Child Development or Salisbury University for Elementary Education in the cohort programs at the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center. For information, contact

Chesapeake College enjoys a strong partnership with the Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM) Programs housed in the Career and Technology Division for each public-school system. The Teacher Academy is an initiative from the Maryland State Department of Education to allow high school students an opportunity to engage in courses designed toward a possible career in teaching or working with children. The Education Department and TAM programs have an articulation agreement that will grant successful completers three college credits free-of-charge!

Early Childhood Development
  • Early Childhood Development A.A.S.
  • Early Childhood Development Advanced Certificate
  • Early Childhood Development Basic Certificate
  • Early Childhood Development Letter of Recognition
Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education A.A.T.
Elementary Education
  • Elementary Education/Elementary Special Education A.A.T.
Secondary School Education
  • Secondary Education A.A.T (Chemistry, English, Math, Physics, Spanish)
Teacher Aide
  • Teacher Aide Certificate

/ Education Careers

  • Childcare Center Director
  • Childcare Provider
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Early Childhood Lead Teacher
  • Early Childhood Teacher (PreK-Gr 3)
  • Elementary Teacher (Grades 1-6)
  • High School Teacher (Grades 9 - 12, Chemistry, English, Spanish, Math, or Physics)
  • Librarian
  • Literacy Coach
  • Middle School Teacher (Grades 4-9)
  • Principal and Assistant Principal
  • Special Education Teacher (birth-21)
  • Teaching Assistant

Education & Child Development News

Education & Child Development Program News
Welcome Maggie - Incoming Freshman on the Education Pathway
by Marcie Alvarado Molloy

Maggie has a clear career path planned for her future and she is choosing to begin at Chesapeake. A Kent Island High School graduate, she hopes to be an elementary school teacher.
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Transfer to a Four-Year School
by Marcie Alvarado Molloy

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Announcements and Upcoming Events.

The Associate of Arts Degrees in Education offer students an innovative pathway to complete the first two years of study toward becoming a PreK-12 teacher. These degrees also provide seamless transfers as a package to four-year institutions of higher education.

~ Dr. Deanna Reinard
Professor of Education

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