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State Board Recognizes ECAP As A Top Educator Preparation Program

Micah Fikes
Micah Fikes on March 25, 2024

The board that oversees all aspects of the certification of public school educators in Texas has recognized ECAP as a top educator preparation program in the state.


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The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) created a system for recognizing high-performing educator preparation programs that prepare public elementary and secondary teachers for long-term success.


At its February meeting, the board recognized Education Career Alternatives Program (ECAP) for its contribution to preparing educators to help address teacher shortage areas in the state during the 2022-2023 reporting year.


The Certificate of Commendation for exemplary performance reflects ECAP’s commitment and success in preparing teachers for the classroom while working to address shortage areas in the field of Career and Technical Education.  


Career and Technical Education at the secondary level is experiencing one of the most critical teacher shortages in the state. As a top educator preparation program, ECAP offers a well-respected training program that puts students ahead of the curve when it’s time to hire so that they are well-equipped to fill these crucial teaching positions and effectively educate the next generation of skilled workers in various trades and technical fields.


Workers in fields such as aircraft mechanics, automotive, computer programming, culinary arts, graphic arts, law enforcement, plumbing, welding, and other trades have turned to ECAP to help them earn their Texas teacher certification


Through a combination of in-person and online training, guidance from teacher advisers with extensive experience, comprehensive test preparation, and an individualized timeline, ECAP equips aspiring educators with the knowledge and tools they need to transition into teaching roles successfully while addressing critical shortages in Texas.


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Written by Micah Fikes

Micah is the Director of Curriculum & Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in British Literature, from the University of North Texas and a Master of Arts in Teaching, from Louisiana College. In his previous career, Micah served for 14 years as a banker and bank manager. For the majority of this period, Micah managed the Downtown Fort Worth location of Frost Bank. In 2005, Micah finally surrendered to his true calling to be an educator. After a brief, but fulfilling term teaching high school English at Flower Mound High School in Lewisville ISD, Micah went to work for the family business, training teachers.

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