Special Education Teacher

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

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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