Special Education Teacher Interview Questions

Special Ed Teachers support children with physical, emotional, mental and learning disabilities. They use specific teaching methods to help students achieve important learning milestones.

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Special Education Teacher interview questions

Your zero-regret new hire is experienced, qualified (think: Special Education degree) and has expert skills in conflict management and communication. They keep a cool head in a crisis and always look on the bright side. Plus, they’ll be an advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion in schools. 

Top tips: 

  • Look for experience: Ask your candidate to present previous lesson plan examples to demonstrate their teaching methods.
  • Grow together: Hire candidates you can grow with by making sure their personal career goals align with your company's mission.

Problem solving interview questions

  • Tell us about the most challenging student you’ve ever worked. How did you work with them to succeed?
  • Walk us through one of your lesson plans. Was it successful and why?
  • Which are your favorite teaching strategies?
  • What’s your Individualized Education Plan experience?
  • How would you integrate a student with learning disabilities into the classroom?
  • How do you maintain discipline in your classroom?
  • Have you ever encountered a major challenge at work? How did you overcome it?
  • How do you include parents and support staff in the educational process?

Role-specific interview questions

  • What drew you to apply for this role?
  • What do you love about teaching?
  • Why did you choose this line of work?
  • What are your career goals?
  • What’s the top challenge/reward working with special education students?

Behavioral interview questions

  • How would you deal with a frustrated/angry parent?
  • What would you do if a student with a moderate mental disability was bullied by a classmate?

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