Top 25 Special Education Teacher Interview Questions
1. What do you believe, makes you effective at teaching special needs students?
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Special Education Teacher
February 28th, 2014

Special education is the education of students with special needs in a way that addresses the students' individual differences and needs. Ideally, this process involves the individually planned and systematically monitored arrangement of teaching procedures, adapted equipment and materials, accessible settings, and other interventions designed to help learners with special needs achieve a higher level of personal self-sufficiency and success in school and community than would be available if the student were only given access to a typical classroom education.
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Special Education Teacher Interview Questions
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How can you illustrate to me your dependability?
 
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I am always there when you need me. I arrive early so I know where I am supposed to be.
 
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I realize people rely on each employee to complete their job at the best of their ability each and everyday.
 
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I am conscientious, hardworking, rarely take a day off and am always prepared.
 
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I have never been late to work or missed a day. I've never called in sick to any job I ever had. I am always present at PD meetings or anything else school related. I am also always available to help students or co-workers whenever they need it.
 
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I can illustrate my dependability to you by noting my consistency in arriving early to work in all of my previous positions.
 
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What was your most difficult course in college?
 
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The most difficult college course for me was Elementary Mathematics.
 
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My most difficult course in college was Calculus.
 
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My most difficult course was Literature Assessment because it stretched my thinking and completely reshaped the way I thought about data monitoring and assessment.
 
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My most difficult course in college was Biology. Not only was it difficult for me to understand, but it was a night course. So I was in a class I was uninterested in for 3 hours at night. However, I managed to get an A through some long late night study sessions.
 
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I have not attended college yet.
 
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How do you handle yourself under stress?
 
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I handle myself well. I concentrate on the situation that has to be dealt with immediately.
 
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I work well under stress. Right now, I'm taking classes and am a long term substitute teacher. That is basically the same thing as a teacher. It is stressful, but I am always praised for my hard work and dedication.
 
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I take a second to take stock of the facts and ground my actions based on what is actually occurring and I review the plan I have made.
 
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I handle myself well under stress. I tend to not overwhelm myself with the stressful event, but rather find alternate ways to avoid the situation or try to make it less stressful on myself.
 
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I think I am calm and level-headed.
 
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If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?
 
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The only thing I would have done differently in my education was to obtain my education at an earlier age.
 
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I would have went into banking. I worked at FSCB for a year and loved it.
 
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If I could do anything different in my education, then I would pursue a doctorate instead of the additional master's degrees that I have.
 
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I would do the assignment before the due date.
 
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Double Masters in Speech/Language pathology.
 
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What makes you stand out among other applicants?
 
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I am great at coming with activities to do with special needs children and making crafts. I know what do if a child has a seizure and transfer a cerebral palsy child to the floor and back to the chair.
 
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I am a true advocate for students with special needs. I realize each child is an individual and.
 
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I have the unique experience of many years of child development, classroom teaching, and ESOL.
 
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I have a strong background in Positive Behavior Supports. I use technology to help bridge the learning gaps. I look for the root of the problem and then focus on finding a solution. I understand the needs of students who come from low income families. I am focused on helping all students reach their full potential.
 
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I am committed to the special education field. I started an art program in the rehabilitation field and managers suggested I become a teacher because of my ability to observe individual needs of people with a variety of physical and mental challenges as well as show progress through appropriate curriculum adaptations.
 
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Why should we hire you?
 
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Because I am pasionate about helping people.
 
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I am the best candidate you have. I am knowledeable,, dedicated to the field, and I am totally invested into the community, the school and the students.
 
3.
yoy should hire me because i know how to work independently,knows how to prioritize and delegate important task.My skills will help you specially sharing and transferring my knowledge to your institution.
 
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Beccause i like the atmosphere i love kids beig around with me i love theor smile.
 
5.
Because I love children.
 
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When did you make the decision to teach autistic students?
 
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When I worked in a preschool that had a child with Autism. I also worked in a special needs summer camp and I saw the joy that an Autistic Child had. It was great seeing her enjoy her time at camp and having fun with me at all times.
 
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I was a para-professional in Autistic Support.
 
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I have always worked with students who had different needs, it just happened.
 
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Several members of my family have similar disabilities and I saw how they struggled when all there needs were not met.
 
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Its natural, I was driven to it,
 
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What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good Teacher?
 
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The most important qualities are to obtain trust with your students and open communication with students and parents.
 
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Compassionate, patient, being able to teach to the needs of the children, sense of humor.
 
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I think knowing how to differentiate instruction is a good quality for a teacher to have. Not everybody learns the same way, and it's important to realize that. I also think it's important for a teacher to be highly qualified. They should take classes in their area of specialty to become highly qualified if they aren't. Last, teachers need a sense of humor.
 
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Being able to see the strengths and appreciate each student for what he/she brings to the table.
 
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I think the most important qualities are a firm, yet loving personality and an understanding, compassionate outlook on teaching. Students need structure and routine, but in a respectful way that encourages students to strive and learn.
 
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Tell me about a stressful time in your life. How did you handle it?
 
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When my husband went through some health issue, I went through some rough time but I was very calm and managed everything routine as normal for my children. I stayed positive because I wanted my husband and kids to know that everything is going to be fine.
 
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During student teaching, I had a family tragedy in my home. I pushed forward and completed my student teaching and made that a priority to complete my education.
 
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I was stressed when I had to do math homework. I took a break for awhile then went back to the assignment.
 
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There was a time in the last 8 weeks that I was overloaded with school work and also making lessons, assessing, and differentiating instruction for students at my job. I find that the best way to handle it is having good time management skills. Saying, "okay, I'll do this today, and this the next day," really helped me. I also think it's important to realize that you can't do everything in one day, and that it's okay to save it for tomorrow.
 
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With honesty and open dialogue.
 
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