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Special Education Teacher Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Special Education Teacher interview, here are 26 interview questions and answer examples.

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Question 1 of 26

Have you ever had to calm a person down, what happened?

How to Answer

This is a good time to give an example. Be sure to talk about the outcome as well.

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List of 26 Special Education Teacher Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1.

    Have you ever had to calm a person down, what happened?

      How to Answer

      This is a good time to give an example. Be sure to talk about the outcome as well.

      1st Answer Example

      "I recently had a student lose complete control of his emotions during class. I was able to calm him down by talking very gently and creating strong eye contact. This particular student will have outbursts from time to time so I am well versed on how to manage that type of situation. After class, I was sure to document the incident in his file and report it to my supervisor."

      2nd Answer Example

      "I had one student get very angry when we were going to the cafeteria to see a presentation. He refused to enter the cafeteria. So I had to figure out why he was so angry. I found out that he thought that we would be going to the auditorium, and that he was expecting to be in a dim room. So I got him a pair of little sunglasses. He watched the presentation and got along with everyone else happily."

      Community Answer

      "My brother often has Autistic meltdowns as a result of anxiety. One time, he was on the verge of having a meltdown, beginning to lose control of his emotions. I calmly talked him through it, reminding him to breathe."

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      Your example does a nice job showcasing your ability to give sound advice when needed, and the interviewer will appreciate the personal touch you bring to your responses.

  • 2.

    What do you believe, makes you effective at teaching special needs students?

      How to Answer

      Talking highly about yourself can be difficult to do, but this is a question geared towards this. Answer to the best of your ability, also using an example of a time when you were recognized or rewarded for your good work as a special education teacher.

      1st Answer Example

      "I have always been very strong in the area of exercising patience and coming up with creative ways to work with my students who struggle the most. Just last month, I was nominated by my peers for the "

      2nd Answer Example

      "My colleagues have always remarked that I'm so patient, kind, and compassionate. My professors have always said that I'm a very clear and effective educator. So, put that together, and I think that I'm especially well suited to special needs students because these kinds of students need someone who's able to teach them at their own pace and using different ways that reach them individually."

      Community Answer

      "I have a passion for what I do, and I am motivated. I care deeply about the students I work with and aim to help them achieve their goals. I feel their excitement when they master a new skill and their disappointment when they are struggling. I also have the ability to see past challenging behaviors."

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      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      You're off to a great start with this answer! Next, I recommend giving measurable examples of your work in action. For instance, you could describe a time when you encountered a challenging behavior and saw past it to ensure the student was cared for. You could also talk about a time when you helped a student to master a new skill. Help the interviewer to feel your passion by taking them on a journey through a splash of storytelling.

  • 3.

    To what specific area of special education are you most attracted and why?

      How to Answer

      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.

      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      Community Answer

      "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."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above 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.

  • 4.

    Do you have experience creating and maintaining documentation on your students?

      How to Answer

      This can be answered very simply and specifically.

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  • 5.

    What makes you stand out among other applicants?

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      When answering this question, be sure to draw on your special skills, interests and training that others may not have. What makes you unique?

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    What do you know about our educational program?

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      Be sure to have taken the time to research the educational program online, check reviews and any social media presence they may have. This is an answer that you are best to rehearse prior to the interview. "From the research I have conducted, I see that your educational program is heavily hands-on based with a strong tie to the community. Your focus has been primarily on students affected by Autism which is a large reason why I was so drawn to your program."

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  • 7.

    Who is your greatest role model?

      How to Answer

      Take time to prepare yourself for this question. Who is your mentor? What type of role models have you had in your life? Your reply should include why or how this role model helped you direct your career to Special Education.

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  • 8.

    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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  • 9.

    How would you describe your passion for teaching children?

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      This is a good time to talk about why you do what you do and what your favourite aspects of teaching are.

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  • 10.

    How will you work cooperatively with other faculty members in educating these students?

      How to Answer

      Talk about a specific time when you were asked to collaborate with others in your faculty. What was the outcome, and how will you implement that collaborative mentality in this new position?

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  • 11.

    When did you make the decision to teach autistic students?

      How to Answer

      This can be answered briefly by telling the interviewer about your first exposure working as a Special Education Teacher with autistic students.

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  • 12.

    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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  • 13.

    Tell me about a stressful time in your life. How did you handle it?

      How to Answer

      This question is more geared to the personal side of your life. You will want to answer it honestly, still tie it in with your career, and not have a case of the "TMI's" (Too Much Information).

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  • 14.

    Why should we hire you?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 15.

    Explain to me an IEP? What is the difference from an IEP and a CSE?

      How to Answer

      This can be answered more factually but you can also let the interviewer know if you have experience with both IEP an CSE.

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  • 16.

    How would friends describe you?

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      This question is best answered by using examples of compliments your friends have given you. You can keep it brief.

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  • 17.

    How do you feel about working with students, that can sometimes be difficult due to their circumstance?

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      You can answer this question using an example of a time when you were assigned an extraordinarily difficult classroom or specific student.

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  • 18.

    What do you think you will most like about being a Special Educator?

      How to Answer

      This question should be answered from the heart since the interviewer would really like to know where your passion for this job comes from.

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  • 19.

    What exposures have you had in Teaching?

      How to Answer

      This can be answered by following along with your resume. Starting at the beginning of your career can sometimes make this easier to answer.

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  • 20.

    What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good Teacher?

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      This can be answered briefly. It is smart to also tie in qualities that you feel you possess.

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  • 21.

    If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?

      How to Answer

      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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  • 22.

    What are your 2 greatest strengths?

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      When you answer this question be sure to answer it by using examples of feedback you've received from a colleague or former supervisor.

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  • 23.

    What are your 2 weakest points?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 24.

    How do you handle yourself under stress?

      How to Answer

      This is a great time to give an example of a time when you overcame a very stressful situation.

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  • 25.

    Has their ever been an autistic or special needs child in your life that has inspired you?

      How to Answer

      Because it is a high stress / high demand career path, you will want to show the interviewer that you have a true passion for what you do. Talking about a person or life event is a great way to show that genuine passion.

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  • 26.

    When did you realize you wanted to be a special education teacher?

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      This is a more personal question that is best answered using a specific life event.

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