Special Education interview Questions
The special education interview questions possibly are standard questions such as your philosophy, parent communication, classroom management and technology, but there are also additional questions that are specific, detailed and well elaborated related to special education, because special education is aimed to people with special needs and schools with these kinds of students need well-qualified people. The other teaching jobs aren't challenging as compared to this work.
Special education requires adjusting the materials and adapting lessons to the needs of the child. A special education teacher must monitor often the special child progress, so this kind of education develops expertise to teachers in some special education fields.
It is important to each candidates must familiarize themselves with some possible questions before the interview. Several teacher interview questions are predictable and candidates can develop possible answers in her/his mind. The interview will seem familiar and routine, so you don't worry too.
Below there are some of the most common interview questions and important thoughts and tips for special education candidates.
- Why did you choose a career in special education?
- Why do you want to work with children with special needs?
- Specify the disabilities and disorders that you've been working with, such as: speech disorders, physical handicaps, autism and Asperger disease, language and processing difficulties, behavioral disorders, ADD and ADHD and others.
- What is your philosophy?
- How do you set your teaching goals for special education?
- How have you monitored the progress of each child?
- How would you define success in special education teaching?
- Tell us about success or failures stories.
- What is your greatest achievement?
- Tell us about your past professional team work with support colleges such as: education teachers, special education administration, speech teachers and social workers.
- How did you take the assistance and support of these staff to enhance student achievements, meet their special needs and to reach your students potential?
- How would you ensure that each individual child receive the maximum support he needs?
- How would you utilize and adapt class lessons and educational material to meet the learning abilities of each individual child?
- Have you conducted (or participated) in CSE, Committee on Special Education meetings?
- Describe your role in these meeting.
- Have you written IEP or participated in meeting for writing Individualized Education Plan?
- What particular skills and qualities can you bring for us?
- What are your strengths?
- How would you contribute to our workforce and to the teachers' teamwork and our team effort?
- Should students with disability participate in the regular education programs if possible?
Some tips to answer the above questions
- Tip 1: You can talk about some values and factors that are important for you working in special education.
- Tip 2: Although special education teachers have knowledge and are specialist in a variety of academic, physical and emotional disorders of students, the applicant must know and analyze the specific disorders, know the exact symptoms, have effective teaching strategies to face these disorders and know the services available for these children.
- Tip 3: You must review your background in this filed. Explain some stories about particular children and the way you enhance their capabilities.
- Tip 4:You can you can talk about failures of the past and what you learned from them.
- Tip 5:If you don't have much experience, you can express your desire working with children with special needs, you can also give some reasons for that. You can talk about the satisfaction you will get if the goals are reaching, as well as the emotion you'll feel seeing the progress of each child.
- Tip 6:Because all work have some difficulty and no work is flawless, you can talk about past difficulties and how you overcame these difficulties.
- Tip 7:Special education teachers work collaborating with professional staff. Therefore, an applicant must demonstrate her/his teamwork skills telling about how you've managed the team work to the benefits of your students and your past successful interactions with colleges.
- Tip 8: It is necessary and important to have knowledge about the job requirements, including IEP (Individualized Education Program) and CSE (Committee on Special Education). It's important to an applicant knows what a CSE meeting is, what the role of the special education teacher is, and how they are conducted and knows what an IEP is and how to write one.
Without peradventure, the special education is for people who must be willing to face unique challenges, because they are not as a general teachers, so the special education interview questions are considerably more difficult than others interview questions.