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Top 25 Special Education Teacher Interview Questions

Question 1 of 26
What do you believe, makes you effective at teaching special needs students?
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Question 2 of 26
How can you illustrate to me your dependability?
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This is a great time to give an example of a time you have been recognized or complimented on your dependability.
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"In my current role I have had colleagues comment quite frequently that they are happy they can rely on me to be at work, complete what I say that I will, and fill in where necessary. I am a strong team player and will absolutely cover work for a colleague if asked. I also have perfect attendance in my current position."
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"The parents of my students know that I'm always available to them between 7 AM and 7PM on weekdays. I'm very consistent. If they call me at that time with any questions or concerns, I pick up immediately if I'm not in class. If I can address them within 5 minutes, I do so. Otherwise, I ask them to send me an email if it's not urgent. No matter what, I'll get back to them within 2 days. I consider it my personal duty to make sure the parents feel that they can depend on me because it's hard enough to raise a child with disabilities, they need a teacher who's responsive and caring."
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Question 3 of 26
What was your most difficult course in college?
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This answer can be concise but it is best to give an example of a specific difficulty and what you did to overcome that difficulty.
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"One of the most challenging courses for me while obtaining my degree was Statistics. Because I am more therapy and behavioural based by nature, it was difficult for me to fully embrace the factual parts of this course. I did find a tutor for that class and was able to pass it with a good grade."
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Question 4 of 26
How do you handle yourself under stress?
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This is a great time to give an example of a time when you overcame a very stressful situation.
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"A couple of months ago we had a situation where one student had a complete breakdown in class. I was able to remain calm by following our program's protocol and taking the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of the student and everyone in the classroom. I am generally quite good under pressure and even better when I feel well equipped to manage the situation."
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"When I feel my heart racing and my shoulders hunching, I know that I'm stressed and I tell myself to take a deep breath. Then, the first chance I get, I stretch my arms and legs out as far out as I can and think about a small treat that I'll let myself have once I get out of work. I picture it in my mind and smile. I take another deep breath and then I get through the rest of my day with a smile, knowing that whatever happens, I'll have that treat waiting for me."
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Question 5 of 26
If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?
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Even though this question has the ability to create a somewhat negative tone, you can still answer it in a positive way.
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"When I first started my career, I wasn't as focused on a speciality and ended up spending a lot of time working with students who had more low-incidence disabilities. I wish I had been introduced to more specific work, with individuals affected by Autism, sooner in my career."
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"I would've focused on special education much earlier. When I first started my education, I only knew that I wanted to teach, but I didn't know what population was most suited to me yet. Now that I know that special education is what I enjoy the most, if I could go back, I'd specialize in that from the beginning."
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Question 6 of 26
What makes you stand out among other applicants?
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Question 7 of 26
Why should we hire you?
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Question 8 of 26
When did you make the decision to teach autistic students?
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Question 9 of 26
What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good Teacher?
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Question 10 of 26
Tell me about a stressful time in your life. How did you handle it?
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Question 11 of 26
Have you ever had to calm a person down, what happened?
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Question 12 of 26
How do you feel about working with students, that can sometimes be difficult due to their circumstance?
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Question 13 of 26
Explain to me an IEP? What is the difference from an IEP and a CSE?
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Question 14 of 26
What are your 2 weakest points?
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Question 15 of 26
Who is your greatest role model?
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Question 16 of 26
Do you have experience creating and maintaining documentation on your students?
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Question 17 of 26
What do you know about our educational program?
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Question 18 of 26
How would you describe your passion for teaching children?
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Question 19 of 26
How will you work cooperatively with other faculty members in educating these students?
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Question 20 of 26
When did you realize you wanted to be a special education teacher?
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Question 21 of 26
To what specific area of special education are you most attracted and why?
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Question 22 of 26
What are your 2 greatest strengths?
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Question 23 of 26
Has their ever been an autistic or special needs child in your life that has inspired you?
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Question 24 of 26
What exposures have you had in Teaching?
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Question 25 of 26
How would friends describe you?
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Question 26 of 26
What do you think you will most like about being a Special Educator?
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About Special Education Teacher

August 26th, 2017

Special education teachers receive special training that equips them to work with students who have a wide range of mental, emotional, learning or physical disabilities. These specialist teachers may adapt general lessons or develop personalized teaching plans for their students after assessing their skills and determining their educational needs. They may teach their students as a class or they may mentor them in small groups or on a one-on-one basis. Liaising with parents, counselors, and teachers and updating all carers of their student's progress is a big part of a special education teacher's responsibilities.
A bachelor's degree is the minimum educational qualification required to become a special education teacher. This could be a degree specifically in special education or in elementary education with a minor in special education. Some schools may also require their special education teachers to be certified or licensed. Patience, resourcefulness, empathy and excellent communication, interpersonal and critical thinking skills are essential attributes for this role.
At the interview, your interviewer will listen carefully to your replies to determine whether you have what it takes to work with children with different types of disabilities. It is a challenging role and very few people can measure up to it. To get the job, you must be able to convince your interviewer that you have the skills, the experience and most importantly, the resourcefulness and aptitude necessary for this role. At Mock Questions, you will find a list of interview questions that are typically asked at interviews for special education teachers. As part of your interview preparation, give some thought to how you would answer these questions.


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