Students earn 4-year degree through cohort in Wye Mills
WYE MILLS — Six students interning in local schools graduated this spring from the cohort program through the Salisbury University Education Department located at the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center on the campus of Chesapeake College in Wye Mills.
Those students — Elizabeth Harman, Denton Elementary School; Shawnie Holtman, Easton Elementary/Kennard Elementary; Ashlie Irwin, Dorchester County Public Schools; Anna Seitzer, Easton Elementary/ Centreville Elementary; Rachel Slaughter, Denton Elementary; and Michelle Smith, Easton Elementary — received their degrees in elementary education at the Wye Mills campus on May 22. All the women are residents of the mid-shore.
The articulation agreement between Salisbury University and Chesapeake College allows students who have successfully completed an Associate of Arts in teaching degree to automatically be accepted into the Teacher Education Program at Salisbury University, and students can choose to take their courses on the main campus in Salisbury or join the cohort at the Wye Mills campus, said Elaine M. O’Neal, Ed.D, ESHEC site coordinator and assistant clinical professor, Salisbury University.
The agreement allows many students on the Midand Upper Shore who are interested in pursuing an elementary education degree from Salisbury University to work within their communities to achieve their personal goals, while providing a source of new teacher candidates to their hometown school districts, O’Neal said.
O’Neal is in her second year as site coordinator for the cohort and works closely with Deborah Urry, executive director of the ESHEC, as well as Dr. Deanna Reinard and Sarah Ross of Chesapeake College. O’Neal said she was happy to report that in fall 2018, there will be 11 students in the cohort of seniors and 12 students are currently in the new cohort of juniors. “It is exciting to see the program grow!,” she said.
The new cohort is still accepting applications to the program located at the satellite location in Wye Mills. Students interested in learning more about the program may contact O’Neal directly at 410-822-5400 ext. 2212 or by email at emoneal@salis bury.edu.
From lefT, are the 2018 graduates receiving their degree through the cohort at the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center in Wye Mills, Elizabeth Harman, Cordova; Anna Seitzer, Queen Anne’s; Ashlie Irwin, Federalsburg; Michelle Smith, Queenstown; Shawnie Holtman, Stevensville; and Rachel Slaughter, Denton.