Join the many student teachers who have had this valuable experience! Read our Application Tips and then complete the CCTECC Application online.

Tips on the CCTECC Application Process

Click on the link to the Google form to begin the application process or paste this into your web browser (

  • The form may take you about a half hour to complete. Don’t worry if you are unable to complete the form in one sitting.  As long as you click “NEXT” at the bottom of each page and the “SUBMIT” on the final page, you will receive an email that will give you a link to edit your submission.  You can do this as many times as necessary.  You can also download the pdf of the application so that you can gather the information that you need prior to beginning the application process. Download Now!
  • The CCTECC PLACEMENT PROFILE FORM is the last page of the application and is designed to help the Interaction International CCTECC Coordinator understand your preferences when seeking placements on your behalf. The form will ask you to rank your preferences regarding location, grade assignment or level (junior high or senior high), etc. Remember your flexibility will increase the likelihood of finding a placement. Unless informed otherwise, we will assume that only the grades and/or levels noted on your application are of interest to you.
  • When you have completed your application, forward that final email link to your CCTECC College Representative for his/her review and approval. When you have received his/her approval, you will need to sign an affirmation form which your College Representative has.  Your CCTECC College Representative will email that to Gary Nuss ( to inform him that your application has been fully completed.

You will need to submit 2 letters of reference with your application to CCTECC (one academic and one personal). Your references should include one from a professor and one from someone else who knows you well and can speak to the leadership of an overseas school about your appropriateness (character, readiness, etc.) for an overseas placement.  These should be emailed to Al Gurley ( with CCTECC Reference and your name in the subject line.

Once you have completed your application, and the CCTECC college/university representative on your campus, you will need to submit payment for the application to be processed.  This is a fee of $375 (if paid by check to Interaction International, PO Box 863, Wheaton, IL 60187) or $390 (to pay by credit card here) Your application cannot be processed until payment has been received.

You will be informed on a regular basis of the progress regarding your placement. Feel free to communicate with your CCTECC Campus Coordinator or with Interaction as questions arise about the status of your placement. Don’t be alarmed if it takes a number of months to secure a confirmation of placement.

Flexibility by prospective student teachers in the placement process is essential. We welcome your interest in specific schools as do the overseas schools, and are delighted when a placement can be obtained for you at your school of primary interest.  Nevertheless, the cross-cultural experience, as one of the primary benefits of the CCTECC experience, remains of value regardless of the specific school or country of placement. Two practices emerge as a result of that value:

  • The overseas schools, not Interaction International, have the final say on whether a placement is granted or not. All such relevant information must be communicated to the Interaction CCTECC Coordinator from the onset. After a school has indicated a placement is not possible, the student teacher must abide by that statement. Appeals, if any, will be made through Interaction International and CCTECC. (Student teachers will not be placed in schools they have previously attended as a student.)
  • Remember: Please keep in mind that a student teaching experience abroad is not the same as making a two or three year commitment to that location and that school. Student teachers who are unwilling to consider more than one school need to rethink their position and their decision to apply to the CCTECC program. It’s a big world after all! If you are not familiar with more than one overseas school, simply write “open” for your remaining preferences.


The Pre-Experience Orientation (PEO) is held twice each year (spring and fall) and attendance at one of these is a required aspect of the CCTECC experience. Unless there is a significant conflict, please plan to attend the PEO closest to your date of departure.


The Interaction CCTECC Coordinator will keep you regularly informed of progress on your placement. Once a placement has been obtained, the Coordinator will notify you (as well as your CCTECC college/university rep) as soon as possible.


If you choose to withdraw from the CCTECC program at any point after application has been made, your cancellation or withdrawal must be made through the appointed CCTECC supervisor on your college/university campus in order to be official, during the academic year as well as during summer breaks. Refunds must be requested in writing. The reimbursement guidelines are as follows:

  • If the student withdraws after a file has been created and an initial contact with an overseas school has been made, a refund of $325 will be made.
  • If the student withdraws after a file has been created and two contacts with overseas schools or a placement has been finalized, a refund of $200 will be made.
  • If the student withdraws after attending the Pre-Experience Orientation (PEO), there is no refund.

There are several items to keep in mind in selecting an overseas school

Review the list of schools where previous placements have been made. You may request placement at schools not included in the CCTECC listing of schools. However, since they are not familiar with CCTECC, their responses and willingness to place student teachers may vary.

Please check on the specific requirements that your institution has for overseas schools where placements are made for you. These may include whether the school is accredited, class size, supervision requirements, etc. If a specific school you are listing for possible placement does not fit the requirements established by your college, it may affect the possibility of your being placed there.

Be sure your college and parents approve of pursing placement in that countries you are considering. Schools and parents may not approve of working in certain countries.

If you have any contacts/connections at a school where you are requesting placement, please let the Interaction International CCTECC Coordinator know because this may be helpful in securing a placement on your behalf.

Alliance Academy (Ecuador), Black Forest Academy (Germany), Faith Academy (Philippines), Morrison Academy (Taiwan), and Rift Valley Academy (Kenya) are among the frequently requested schools. If you intend to seek placement in one of the above schools, your application to CCTECC should be made as early as possible. Winter and Spring placements are less likely to be available at these schools, but not impossible to obtain. Again, apply early! If you are interested in one of the above schools, list the school as your first choice and list only one of the above schools to maximize your chances.

Several of these schools also require the completion of a second application form. Some require completion of the school’s own form. Others require the student teacher to apply to a mission in order to student teach at that school. For example, schools associated with AIM and SIM require a letter of recommendation from a pastor.

If you are applying for placement at a secular international school, the essay question regarding your educational perspectives and formative experiences will be submitted as part of your application rather than your Christian testimony. Please be sure to avoid terms connected with Christianity, the mission context, evangelism, and other terms that may cause the international school concern about you and your motives. Even if you do not think you will apply to a secular international school, fill in the page and use appropriate language.  You may change your mind if other placements do not work out. Both the educational perspectives and the Christian background pages will be sent to international Christian schools.