What are the typical interview questions for special education teachers? It is the time of year when many teachers are looking to relocate or simply find a job. An interview is almost always a stressful situation and it is far better to be prepared than get caught not knowing how to answer a question. Hopefully this post will help you answer some of the more difficult and sometimes tricky questions.
First, you probably already have prepared answers for “why do you want this job?”, “What qualifications do you have?”, and “Why do you want to work in special education?” Those are the easy questions. Here are four of the more difficult interview questions you may have to answer.
1. Are you willing to change diapers?
2. You were just informed that the parent for your meeting has arrived and is waiting on you. However, you have a behavior student slamming a desk against the wall and yelling loudly, meanwhile another student has accidentally used the restroom on themselves. What do you do?
Answer: First, you take care of the behavior student as they need to de-escalate before they harm themselves or another student. Second, help the other student to the bathroom to clean up and change clothes. The parent has to wait and will hopefully understand. You are a teacher, meaning students come first.
3. You just realized you made an error on a student’s special education paperwork and their IEP is out of timeline. Who do you report the error to first, the state, administrator, or other school official?
Answer: My paperwork won’t fall out of timeline. I will be organized with dates and all due process paperwork to ensure that the student receives the services they qualify for.
4. How would write an IEP goal for a student struggling in the area of reading?
Answer: I will write my goals to be measurable and specific to the student reading weakness areas. (For examples of measurable IEP goals sign up for the Elementary Special Education Newsletter.)
I hope this helps in your career pursuits to land a special education teacher job. These are questions I have been commonly asked when searching for a special education teacher job. Best of luck!