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Top 30 Special Education Preschool Teacher Interview Questions

Question 1 of 31
What methods do you use to encourage students to explore their learning in unique ways?
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Question 2 of 31
How do you stay motivated in your career as a Special Education Preschool Teacher?
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Tell the interviewer about your passion for this career, what motivates you to be the best in your field, and what you look forward to the most in this position.

Review the job posting and school website before your interview to familiarize yourself with the school and duties involved, and mention one or many duties that you look the most forward to (related to your motivation), and why. This will show the interviewer that you are passionate about your work and that you also did your due diligence before your interview.

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"What motivates me the most is becoming the best in my field, and as a result having the opportunity to make an impact on a greater scale and contribute to the school's long-term success. For instance, with this position, what motivates me the most is the opportunity to (X newly acquired duties that will enable you to help the school be more successful, as per the job posting)."
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Question 3 of 31
Where do you want your career to take you in the long term?
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Tell the interviewer about your career goals in ~seven to ten years from now. Ensure to link your career goals to the school you are applying for to show the interviewer you can be a long-term asset for the school and that you are looking for stability.

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"In seven to ten years from now, I would like to have grown within the same school I started off with, having acquired skills enabling me to establish myself as an expert in my field. I would love to be responsible for more managerial duties and ultimately becoming a Principal."
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Question 4 of 31
What makes you stand out from other Special Education Preschool Teachers?
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Answer this question by emphasizing your greatest strengths against the advertised position. What do you pride yourself on the most? Which strengths will be, in your opinion, most beneficial to this role? Which will contribute to the school's success? Which strengths make you indispensable?

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"I am a hard worker who does not hesitate to go above and beyond to ensure successful completion of any programs or initiatives, and I am more than willing to take on duties beyond my original job scope. I sincerely consider the school's success as my own."
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Question 5 of 31
What methods have you used or would you use to assess student learning?
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Review the job posting and school website/social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the methods you will have to use in this role to assess student learning, or methods the school has used or will use in the future.

Answer by providing examples included on the job posting or school website/social media pages, including your own experience in similar roles, if you have any. Alternatively mention some of the methods listed on the job posting or school website/social media pages are methods you look forward to using and why, to demonstrate a motivation to undertake training despite not currently having the required experience for this role.

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"The methods I have used to assess student learning are (X methods listed on the job posting or school website). For instance, in my last position as (X position title) for (X company), I (... detailed information regarding the methods used, which have contributed to successful learning experiences)."
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Question 6 of 31
Tell me about a mentor, a role model, or an individual who has had a strong influence on you and your career.
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Question 7 of 31
Provide an example of a performance assessment.
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Question 8 of 31
What three words would you use to describe your teaching style?
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Question 9 of 31
Tell me about a career related accomplishment you are the most proud of.
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Question 10 of 31
What kind of fresh ideas will you bring to our school if chosen for this role?
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Question 11 of 31
How do you maintain order among your students?
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Question 12 of 31
What do you know about us?
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Question 13 of 31
What special education strategies and techniques do you find help your students the most?
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Question 14 of 31
Have you ever had to calm a student down in the classroom? If so, how did you manage the situation?
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Question 15 of 31
What has led you to becoming a Special Education Preschool Teacher?
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Question 16 of 31
How do you encourage parental involvement in student learning?
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Question 17 of 31
In your previous teaching roles, how have you ensured that each student received the right type of support?
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Question 18 of 31
As a Special Education Preschool Teacher, how will you work cooperatively with other faculty members in educating the special education preschool students?
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Question 19 of 31
Now that you have completed your Bachelors' degree in Education, would you consider going back to school to obtain your Master's degree?
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Question 20 of 31
Why are you the best Special Education Preschool Teacher for our school?
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Question 21 of 31
What are your short term goals?
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Question 22 of 31
How have your life experiences prepared you for teaching special needs students?
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Question 23 of 31
What is your greatest strength, and how will it contribute to your success as a Special Education Preschool Teacher?
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Question 24 of 31
What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it?
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Question 25 of 31
Have you ever used a teacher's aide or assistant in the classroom? Do you feel that you need one?
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Question 26 of 31
Do you work well under stress and pressure? Provide an example of a stressful time you came through under immense amounts of pressure.
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Question 27 of 31
What do you do in your spare time to improve your teaching abilities?
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Question 28 of 31
Tell me about your education and how it has prepared you for a career in teaching.
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Question 29 of 31
If you had to choose any career asides from Special Education Preschool Teacher, what would you choose?
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Question 30 of 31
In your opinion, what are the top three qualities every Special Education Preschool Teacher should possess?
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Question 31 of 31
Our school works with a limited budget. Can you tell me some ways in which you are resourceful in the classroom with learning tools?
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About Special Education Preschool Teacher

April 9th, 2017

Special education preschool teachers work with preschool students who have special needs due to their mental, learning, physical or emotional disabilities. Their responsibilities are wide-ranging, from evaluating each student's skills and determining their unique needs to developing customized teaching plans and activities to meet these needs. Special education preschool teachers liaise between the school and students' parents to ensure that there is a continuity of care.

To work as a special education preschool teacher you will need to have at least a bachelor's degree with additional training in special education focused on preschool children. Most states require all teachers to be licensed. Requirements vary from one state to another. Special education preschool teachers must be immensely patient and resourceful to be able to handle preschool children with different special needs. Excellent communication, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills are also crucial attributes for anyone wishing to pursue this career path.
Employers looking to hire a special education preschool teacher will be extremely cautious about who they hire as the job involves handling very young children with disabilities. They will ask questions to assess whether you genuinely care for young children with disabilities and you have what it takes to handle the many challenges inherent in this role. Emphasizing your love for children and your genuine interest in their welfare is the key to a successful job interview. The best way to be prepared for this challenging interview is by checking mock interview questions to read more about questions that are commonly asked at interviews for special education preschool teachers.

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