Hernando County School District—Teacher Apprenticeship Program

Hernando County School District has partnered with BloomBoard to offer select professional staff with an associates degree the opportunity to earn a fully accredited Bachelor’s of Elementary Education degree through a flexible, on-the-job program—paid for by the district.

 Learn It U – Program Overview


This program provides select participants who already hold an associate’s degree the opportunity to earn college credit, which can lead to a fully-accredited Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and ultimately teacher licensure in Florida. Participants will complete 20 skills-based courses (60 credit hours) while working in a classroom. This learn-by-doing program is designed for current professional staff with an associate level degree who have regular access to students. Participants will be required to create artifacts from their classroom practice and upload them to the BloomBoard platform for assessment.

The program is accredited by Lake Erie College and can be completed in 2-3 years (depending on number of courses taken per semester) at no-cost for select participants working within Hernando County School District.

Program Benefits

Hernando County Schools Associate Teacher

Hernando County Associate Teacher At a Glance

To be considered for the position, Associate Teacher candidates must have an Associates Degree, enroll in the BloomBoard program to work toward a Bachelors in Elementary Education, and agree to work for Hernando School District for 4 years after becoming Professionally Certified.

  • Beginning pay of $20/hr
  • Work Teacher hours/days (197 days per year, 7.75hrs per day)
  • Benefit Eligibility includes health insurance, life insurance and a large option of add on benefits
  • Start your time for vesting into the Florida Retirement System
  • Enjoy summers, winter break, spring break, and extended Thanksgiving break with family and friends
  • You do not have to attend traditional college courses outside of the work day to earn your Bachelor’s Degree
  • Be supported by a team of Master Teachers/Mentors that will help you learn the craft of teaching and learning and guide you through the degree and certification process.”

Program Supports

online orientation


Once you’ve completed enrollment, you’ll be invited to a Lake Erie College orientation course (HU 170) with Lake Erie College assigned faculty and other educators in your cohort. The orientation will be one week before the semester begins.


Support Sessions

 For the duration of your first semester in the program, your assigned Lake Erie faculty will lead weekly, synchronous support sessions. These are optional, but highly encouraged. They will be one hour and the time will be sent to you at the beginning of your first semester in the program.

one-on-one support

1:1 Support

Faculty are available to provide you with personalized 1:1 support during the program.

Asynchronous Discussions

Throughout the program, you can also communicate with other educators in your cohort through the BloomBoard platform.

BloomBoard Overview

Learn more about BloomBoard’s on-the-job learning model and what teachers have to say about it.

What Educators Are Saying

The Bloomboard program helped me streamline resources. As teachers, we gained a plethora of knowledge to facilitate remote learning in a short amount of time. The program encourages us to look at students’ needs and use tools that meet their needs to be able to foster synchronous and asynchronous learning.
Christine Jackson

2nd grade teacher, Lincoln Elementary, IL

The program has reassured me that I am on target with some of my established practices to create a conducive learning environment for my students and has allowed me to finetune others. I also can set my own pace and apply the learning experiences directly to my practice. It is an authentic learning experience that benefits my students, their families, and myself as an educator. In being a “learn by doing” kind of person, the content allows me to demonstrate competency within my classroom context.
Carita Sampson

2nd Grade Teacher, Thurgood Marshall Elementary, IL

Learn more about the HCSD Learn It U Program & Associate Teacher Program