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Does anyone know of some general interview questions that a principal and/or teachers may ask during a special ed. interview? This is for an elementary school. I will be having my first SPED interview soon.

Thank you so much!

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GGHgd 03-02-2013 08:47 AM

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feenom 07-02-2009 11:53 AM

Here are some of the questions for the Special Ed screening I will be going to next week. Please feel free to add comments and suggestions:

1) What types of technology do you use in the classroom?

2) How do you collect data?

3) How will you fit into our school?

4) How do you differentiate your teaching style from an Autistic to an Emotional Support classroom?

5) What is your commitment to the program?

HNIC 07-17-2006 08:24 AM

What type of assessments have you used?
Describe a student with a challenging learning disability and how you supported him/her.
What are your views on inclusion and remediation?
What are some of the timelines related to IEPs?
How have you supported students on IEPs in the regular classroom?
Describe both a successful and challenging collaboration experience with a regular education teacher.
1. How would you measure your success and effectiveness in this position?
2. If your classroom instruction was not effective, what three variables could be prohibiting the students from succeeding?
3. How would you document and track student progress?
4. What have you found to be effective in engaging parents as a part of the educational team? How do you get reluctant parents to participate with the team?
5. What circumstances would require you to initiate communication with your supervisor?
6. What professional growth goals have you chosen in the past and which ones did you have particular success with?
7. What do you consider the essential characteristics of a good special educator?
8. What has been your greatest accomplishment?
9. Why do you want this teaching position?
10. Do you have any questions for us?

Biffer1997 11-16-2005 06:51 PM

I was asked about progress monitoring (how done, what forms I would use) in every interview.

ejs 11-09-2005 07:27 AM

Here are the questions I remember from my interview:

What are your stengths/weakness?

What type of reading/math programs have you used in the past?

Hypothetical questions like how would you handle a teacher who does not want to make accomodations for a spec. student in a general ed. classroom?

How would you handle parents in various situations? (again hypothetical questions)

How will you make accomodations for students with various learning levels.?

Just a little tip - I don't know if you are planning on it already, but prepare a list of questions you would like to ask the school distirct. Remember they are not only interviewing you, but you are also interviewing them!

istoleahalo 11-07-2005 03:37 AM

How do you keep in contact with parents? ...with reg. ed teachers?

What stresses you out the most? How do you handle the stress?

How familiar are you with writing IEP's and keeping up with the documentation required?

How do you use technology in your classroom?

What do you feel about inclusion?

Describe a behavior problem you have had in your classroom and how you handled it.


pjm 11-06-2005 05:08 PM

I was once asked what book I was reading...and when I had an answer he said you wouldn't believe how many candidates said nothing, they didn't have the time....he didn't want the answer nothing...

how would you handle a student who just isn't learning no matter what you try?

how would you handle a regular ed teacher who is not happy with when you pull a child out of his/her class?

How would you schedule your children grades k - 4 (or what ever level the school is)

you have a budget of $300 what would you buy...

what would you do if an angry parent showed up at your classroom door right in the middle of teaching?

how will you keep track of your student's goals?

these are all questions I've been asked

speeder1 11-06-2005 03:32 PM

A few that I remember were:

Why Special Education?

My teaching style...My answer was Whatever style my students learn best. My style may change from student to student.

Tell about a difficult situation during your student teaching, college, or at another job and how did you handle it?

What are your plans regarding teaching 5 years from now.

Describe yourself.

These are just a few that I remember off the top of my head. Hope they help.

Ann Marie 11-06-2005 03:24 PM


Does anyone know of some general interview questions that a principal and/or teachers may ask during a special ed. interview? This is for an elementary school. I will be having my first SPED interview soon.

Thank you so much!

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