• Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: What are the requirements to be an EMBARK Aspiring Educator (EAE)?
    A: Information on minimum requirements can be found on this webpage under Minimum Requirements.

    Q: How do I apply for the EMBARK Aspiring Educators program?
    A: Embark Aspiring Educators is a selective admissions program, not an open enrollment program.  Applications for EMBARK Aspiring Educators are open for submission once a year.  During the application period, the application can be found at the top of this web page. Applications are open from October - December for Cohort members to begin their residency year the following August. 
    Applications for the 2024-2025 residency year cohort were open from October 1, 2023 - December 3, 2023.  
    Applications for the 2025-2026 residency year cohort will open from early October 2024 - early December 2024.  

    Q: If I meet all the requirements, am I guaranteed a spot in the EMBARK Aspiring Educators?
    A: No, the EAE is a selective-admissions program that commits to creating diversified cohorts of educators that reflect the ethnic/population of our school system while also committing to meeting the highest needs of our school system (subject area, school-type, etc.). There are a number of factors considered.

    Q: What is the process after I have applied to the EMBARK Aspiring Educators?
    A: Applications are vetted in December of each year (Early bird applications will be vetted earlier). Interviews and tasks are performed in January and final decisions are made in February. Candidates will know of acceptance by the end of February to allow time to still enroll in another program if not accepted to EMBARK.

    Q: Is the EMBARK Aspiring Educators (EAE) program a degree-seeking program?
    No, those joining the EMBARK Aspiring Educator program are certification-seeking educators. There is no credit toward an advanced degree.

    Q: Is the EMBARK Aspiring Educators program an accredited program?
    Yes, the EAE program was approved to offer specific certification tracks by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and abides by all policies.

    Q: I have taken classes in another program. Am I eligible to apply?
    A: It depends. If you have not applied and accepted tuition reimbursement funds from JPS, you may be eligible. If you have accepted tuition reimbursement, you are NOT eligible.

    Q: What is the cost of the EMBARK Aspiring Educator program?
    A: The cost of the program is free to candidates.  Candidates agree to a service agreement of three years past program completion in lieu of tuition.  The only out-of-pocket cost for candidates is for Praxis exams (some eligible for reimbursement) and certification costs.  Praxis Exam Reimbursement is handled by HR/not Embark.  Praxis reimbursement information is from HR, not Embark.   This link will bring you to the HR Tuition Reimbursement webpage.