Friday, July 12, 2013

Special Education Interview Questions

Yesterday was a very exciting day in my world. I finally got a permanent job in the district I have been in for three years! This fall I will be a 12:1:1 self-contained kindergarten and first grade teacher! I'm looking forward to sharing the many phases of this new adventure here at A Special Sparkle. In honor of this great news, I thought I would share a long list of interview questions that I have been asked over the years. The truth of the matter is, I have been on more interviews than I hope anyone would ever go on (that's what happens when you refuse to relocate and wait it out!). However, I have always written down the questions I have been asked so I can share them with people in the same boat! 'Tis the season for interviews...good luck if you're on the hunt!

-Tell us about yourself.

-What can you tell us about your background to bring your resume to life?

-Why teach?

-If I walked into your classroom, what would I see?

-What would your literacy block look like?

-Tell us about The Common Core.

-How do you teach reading?

-How do you teach writing?

-How do you deal with difficult parents? Tell us about a specific scenario when you dealt with a difficult parent.

-What is your classroom management style/plan?

-How do you motivate a reluctant learner? Give us an example of a time you made a breakthrough with a reluctant learner.

-How do you engage a child?

-How would you handle a parent that challenged your teaching?

-Why should we hire you?

-What type of professional development do you partake in?

-How do you incorporate technology in the classroom?

-How do you incorporate technology in your own professional development?

-Tell us about an experience in which you worked with an aide in your classroom?

-What does co-teaching mean to you?

-What experience do you have with diversity?

-What experience do you have with Students with Disabilities?

-How have you modified instruction to meet the needs of students?

-How have you challenged students and raised the rigor in your teaching?

-What would your coworkers say to describe you?

-What part of this job would be a challenge for you?

-Tell us about a time you had a conflict with a colleague and how you resolved it.

-How do you work with others in a team setting?

-How would you describe yourself?

-What types of formal and informal assessment do you use?

-What is your experience with data in teaching?

-What are the most important elements of a lesson?

-Why do you want to work in our school? 

-What can you bring to our district that nobody else can offer?

-Describe how you handle a child having an outburst or meltdown?


  1. Congratulations, Sarah! That's wonderful news! What are the needs of (most) of your students?
    ~Amy Marie

  2. Thank you for these, Hopefully I'll be ready for it! Congrats to you!!

  3. Thank you for these, Hopefully I'll be ready for it! Congrats to you!!

  4. Sarah,
    Thanks for the collection of questions!
    Go save the world:)


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