This can be answered briefly. It is smart to also tie in qualities that you feel you possess.
Special Education Teacher Interview Questions
What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good Teacher?
"I believe that the most important qualities in being a good teacher are patience, genuine interest and attention to detail. The reason being is that if we are patient with our students and show that we are also engaged in their learning, they will be more driven to do the same."
"I believe that a good teacher is patient, has excellent communication skills, and has a wide range of teaching tools to draw from. I'm a very compassionate person and I do communicate well, but I do know that I have many more years to grow before I can be considered an expert. So I'm constantly learning more about pedagogical methods and reading about teaching."
"I believe the most important qualities are developing a relationship with your students. You want students to know that you care, and they are loved. Showing you care about their interests makes them feel they are important and makes them excited about school. Another quality would be advocating for students, especially in special education."Rachelle's Answer
Well said. If every teacher took this approach, school would be much warmer and welcoming for students :)Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
Why should we hire you?
This is a great opportunity to tie in your skills and comment on the connection you feel with the program/school/facility. You can finish up by asking the interviewer if they have any concerns or objections.
"When I initially saw your job posting I began to research this facility. What I found was a group of people with a genuine passion for what they do. I know I would be a great compliment to your team because my interests are strongly aligned with your mission. I also bring the education, experience and background that you are looking for. Is there any reason why you feel that I would not be a fit?"
"I am motivated and passionate about this field of education. I have known I wanted to teach special education since I was in high school. I also have experience in education. Assisting in resources this year, I have gained practical experience teaching and providing documentation."Rachelle's Answer
Good start! When answering this common interview question, it's essential to highlight how hiring you will benefit the organization. With this approach, the more specific you can be, the better. We have a guide on 'Why should we hire you?' that you can find here: https://www.mockquestions.com/articles/How to Answer: Why Should We Hire You?/Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
To what specific area of special education are you most attracted and why?
Be sure to have researched the educational facility before the interview. You will want to answer this based on how your career goals, interests and abilities best align with their specific mandate.
"I am most drawn to working with students on the Autism spectrum. Finding unique ways to work with individuals with neurodevelopment disorders is an important challenge and one that I am happy to take on. One of the reasons I was so thrilled to be shortlisted for this position is because of the strong work you do with students with Autism."
"I am most attracted to working with students on the Autism Spectrum. I have always had a passion for working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum because they are unique and present different challenges. I have a brother diagnosed with Autism when I was in high school, which is another reason I am attracted to working with individuals on the spectrum."Rachelle's Answer
It's nice that you brought in your personal experience with autism. This information will help the interviewer to connect with you on a deeper level. If you'd like to highlight your knowledge further, I suggest mentioning a few of the challenges you see with individuals on the spectrum (where you mention 'different challenges' - try unpacking that even further). If you have a memorable story-based example of helping your brother overcome a challenge related to his education, this is a good opportunity to show the interviewer the ways you have supported your brother.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
What are your 2 weakest points?
How you answer this could also determine where the interviewer would like to place you within the organization, or what areas of continued education/training they may require of you in the future. Again, even though this question has the ability to create a somewhat negative tone, you can still answer it in a positive way. Show that you are making steps towards improvement as well. Interviewers do not want to hear "I care too much." or "I work too hard." They want a genuine answer.
"I care too much."
"I think that I could be a little more organized and that I can balance my work and my life better. I tend to get very focused on the day-to-day work, and I lose sight of the bigger picture. So now, at the end of the the work day, I write down a list of things that I accomplished and what I'll do the next day. That way I can focus on my personal life once I leave work, which refreshes me for the next workday."
When did you make the decision to teach autistic students?
How would friends describe you?
How can you illustrate to me your dependability?
How would you describe your passion for teaching children?
What do you believe, makes you effective at teaching special needs students?
Have you ever had to calm a person down, what happened?
What was your most difficult course in college?
Tell me about a stressful time in your life. How did you handle it?
When did you realize you wanted to be a special education teacher?
How do you handle yourself under stress?
If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?
What makes you stand out among other applicants?
How do you feel about working with students, that can sometimes be difficult due to their circumstance?
Explain to me an IEP? What is the difference from an IEP and a CSE?
Who is your greatest role model?
What do you know about our educational program?
Do you have experience creating and maintaining documentation on your students?
How will you work cooperatively with other faculty members in educating these students?
What are your 2 greatest strengths?
What do you think you will most like about being a Special Educator?
What exposures have you had in Teaching?
Has their ever been an autistic or special needs child in your life that has inspired you?