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Are You Eligible To Become a Teacher?

A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 is the basic requirement for people with a degree to become a teacher in Texas. Please review the full admission requirements below.

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I am Eligible!
What Do I Do Next ?

ECAP’s simple certification process will guide you the rest of the way.

STEP 1

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Sign up with ECAP and receive FREE resources, support and a consultation with a certification expert that will help you understand what you need to do next.

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Note: You are not enrolling in ECAP’s accredited program at this stage. We will help get you started on the right track and support you every step of the way until you are accepted into our program officially.

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STEP 2

Learn with ECAP

Once accepted into our program, you will learn from the best teachers in the business. Our program covers many areas other programs do not.

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Our teacher certification program is one of the most sought-after programs in Texas. Why? Because School Districts, Human Resources Departments and Principals know how well prepared our students are to enter the classroom and start making a difference.

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STEP 3

Get Hired

As a graduate of our program, you will be sought after because of the type of training you receive. Everyone who graduates from ECAP has our full endorsement.

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Once you are part of the ECAP family, you stay part of it. We want you to be successful not just now, but for many years after becoming a teacher. We’ll keep you up to date on many teaching ideas, news, events and so much more to ensure you continue to love your career.

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Program Costs

Our Interns have more important things to think about, so we defer 86% of fees until you start teaching. And all of our fees are split up into very manageable monthly payments. You can start training for as little as $150.

Once you’ve applied, ECAP will guide you through the process of qualifying to teach. We will lead you to the best test prep resources and provide you with any reviews and practice exams that we have developed. This is where we begin to customize your certification plan.

 

At the point where you meet qualification to teach, you will be invited to enroll in preliminary coursework. Our training is extremely customized to your area of certification as you can see by the training below.

Bilingual and Elementary teachers begin training with the following courses:

Field Based Experience
The Basics of Teaching Reading
Dyslexia Training
Child Psychology
Parent Conferencing
Legal issues for Educators (pre-study)

Special Education teachers begin training with the following courses:

Field Based Experience
Dyslexia Training
Pre-Study Introduction to Special Education
The Terminology of Special Education
Legal issues for Educators (pre-study)

Secondary teachers begin training with the following courses:

Field Based Experience
Dyslexia Training
Legal issues for Educators (pre-study)
TEKS/TAKS/STAAR: Navigating Curriculum Requirements
Adolescent Psychology
Special Education for Regular Ed Teachers

Upon enrollment, you will also be added to our inventory of qualified teachers. ECAP distributes lists of qualified participants to districts across the state to assist in your job search process.

The training fee covers all remaining training that will be provided during the program tenure.

All teachers receive the following additional training:

Connections
Poverty
Teaching to Your Strengths
Legal Issues
Surviving the First Year
Lesson Planning Practicum
Using Technology in the Classroom (2 courses)
Pedagogical Theory
PPR Exam Review

Bilingual teachers receive the following additional training:

Reading and Lesson Planning for Bilingual Teachers
Math and Science for Elementary Teachers
Elementary teachers receive:
Reading and Lesson Planning for Elementary Teachers
Math and Science for Elementary Teachers

Special Education teachers receive the following additional training:

Introduction to Special Education
Reading for Special Ed Teachers
Behavior Management for Special Ed Teachers
ARD and IEP Training for Special Ed Teachers

Secondary teachers receive the following additional training:

Teaming and Communication in the classroom
Teaching in Urban Schools
Reading in the Content
Critical Thinking in the Classroom

And the good news about the training fee is that if you have to repeat a course or put the program on pause for any reason, this fee will never be re-assessed. Unlike other programs, at ECAP you only pay your training fee once.

Note: If you secure a teaching position prior to training, then we will roll the $400 training fee into your Internship Program payroll deducted fees. This way you do not have to pay the $400 up front!

When you receive your first job as a teacher of record, ECAP assigns an advisor to you. You will have access to your advisor throughout the year as you need them, and the advisor will visit your classroom periodically to make sure that you are being successful.

Your advisor’s primary mission is to make you a successful teacher. Our advisors’ resumes speak for themselves. Most of them are retired school administrators who were hand-picked by ECAP. The quality of our advisors is the primary difference between ECAP and our competitors. Also included in this fee is the documenting of your qualification and recommending of certificates as needed during the program.

ECAP is always communicating with partnering school districts and with the Texas Education Agency on behalf of our interns to make sure that you remain in compliance with state and local rules.

Once all your fees have been paid in full, you will be issued your Standard Certificate.

Application Fee $50

Once you’ve applied, ECAP will guide you through the process of qualifying to teach. We will lead you to the best test prep resources and provide you with any reviews and practice exams that we have developed. This is where we begin to customize your certification plan.

 

Enrollment Fee $100

At the point where you meet qualification to teach, you will be invited to enroll in preliminary coursework. Our training is extremely customized to your area of certification as you can see by the training below.

Bilingual and Elementary teachers begin training with the following courses:

Field Based Experience
The Basics of Teaching Reading
Dyslexia Training
Child Psychology
Parent Conferencing
Legal issues for Educators (pre-study)

Special Education teachers begin training with the following courses:

Field Based Experience
Dyslexia Training
Pre-Study Introduction to Special Education
The Terminology of Special Education
Legal issues for Educators (pre-study)

Secondary teachers begin training with the following courses:

Field Based Experience
Dyslexia Training
Legal issues for Educators (pre-study)
TEKS/TAKS/STAAR: Navigating Curriculum Requirements
Adolescent Psychology
Special Education for Regular Ed Teachers

Upon enrollment, you will also be added to our inventory of qualified teachers. ECAP distributes lists of qualified participants to districts across the state to assist in your job search process.

Training Fee $400

The training fee covers all remaining training that will be provided during the program tenure.

All teachers receive the following additional training:

Connections
Poverty
Teaching to Your Strengths
Legal Issues
Surviving the First Year
Lesson Planning Practicum
Using Technology in the Classroom (2 courses)
Pedagogical Theory
PPR Exam Review

Bilingual teachers receive the following additional training:

Reading and Lesson Planning for Bilingual Teachers
Math and Science for Elementary Teachers
Elementary teachers receive:
Reading and Lesson Planning for Elementary Teachers
Math and Science for Elementary Teachers

Special Education teachers receive the following additional training:

Introduction to Special Education
Reading for Special Ed Teachers
Behavior Management for Special Ed Teachers
ARD and IEP Training for Special Ed Teachers

Secondary teachers receive the following additional training:

Teaming and Communication in the classroom
Teaching in Urban Schools
Reading in the Content
Critical Thinking in the Classroom

And the good news about the training fee is that if you have to repeat a course or put the program on pause for any reason, this fee will never be re-assessed. Unlike other programs, at ECAP you only pay your training fee once.

Note: If you secure a teaching position prior to training, then we will roll the $400 training fee into your Internship Program payroll deducted fees. This way you do not have to pay the $400 up front!

Internship Program Fee $400 for 10 months

When you receive your first job as a teacher of record, ECAP assigns an advisor to you. You will have access to your advisor throughout the year as you need them, and the advisor will visit your classroom periodically to make sure that you are being successful.

Your advisor’s primary mission is to make you a successful teacher. Our advisors’ resumes speak for themselves. Most of them are retired school administrators who were hand-picked by ECAP. The quality of our advisors is the primary difference between ECAP and our competitors. Also included in this fee is the documenting of your qualification and recommending of certificates as needed during the program.

ECAP is always communicating with partnering school districts and with the Texas Education Agency on behalf of our interns to make sure that you remain in compliance with state and local rules.

Total Cost $4,550

Once all your fees have been paid in full, you will be issued your Standard Certificate.

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If you fall into any of these categories, there is probably a teaching job waiting for you!

Why is ECAP Different ?

ECAP´s legacy is well-known throughout the state. We always encourage applicants to call their preferred district and ask about our program. We are highly respected by school districts statewide and have high placement percentages due to our close alliances with area school districts. Our seasoned, well-respected trainers, advisors and program staff make the difference for you. ECAP blazed the trail for privately-owned alternative teacher certification programs in Texas, allowing new teachers to enter the profession without the traditional bureaucracy. Our director, Sharon Fikes, opened one of the first state-based alternative certification programs in Texas at the Education Service Center, Region XI. In 2001, after 11 years as the Director of Alternative Certification at the ESC, Region XI, she created ECAP. ECAP has been training new teachers and guiding them through the teacher certification process ever since. Although ECAP has the distinction of being the first privately-owned teacher certification program in Texas, the experience and success of our director is truly our greatest asset. As a result, we have a teacher training program that is highly preferred by the school districts we serve and a depth of knowledge of the teacher certification process that is not available anywhere, but at ECAP. At ECAP, actions speak louder than words.

Testimonials

Great program run by folks who are former teachers and administrators
I am blessed to be apart of the ECAP family. The program is excellent! When many of my other alternative Certification “friends” were stressing over taking the PPR, I was not because I was so very well prepared through the program. Almost made a perfect score. I made many friends along the way who I still keep in contact with. You not only are in an alternative certification program, you are in a family who gives you support through the hard times and who rejoices with you In your successes.
ECAP has been a wonderful company. When I was hired at the district I currently work for, they recommended ECAP above all others and I’m glad they did. ECAP does have a few things they could improve on, but overall they do a fantastic job of preparing new teachers for their position. I truly enjoyed how they prepared their students for the PPR. I recommend this company to anyone who is looking to become a teacher, it’s the best one out there!
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Shani Sammons

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