Special Education Instructor Interview Preparation Guide
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Special Education Instructor related Frequently Asked Questions by expert members with professional career as Special Education Instructor. These list of interview questions and answers will help you strengthen your technical skills, prepare for the new job interview and quickly revise your concepts

39 Special Education Instructor Questions and Answers:

1 :: Explain me how do you handle yourself under stress?

A couple of months ago we had a situation where one student had a complete breakdown in class. I was able to remain calm by following our program's protocol and taking the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of the student and everyone in the classroom. I am generally quite good under pressure and even better when I feel well equipped to manage the situation.

2 :: Tell me how have you managed a very disruptive student?

Students with different special needs demand varied approaches to discipline. Provide examples of at least two different approaches you used that were effective for the particular students in question. Focus on your attempts to understand what the problem behavior really means as well as how to modify it.

3 :: Tell us how do you teach and encourage socially acceptable behavior from your students?

Include elements such as assessing the cause of unacceptable behavior to design a behavior support program, clearly describing and demonstrating what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior and explicitly communicating the consequences of this behavior. Provide supporting examples.

4 :: Explain me should students with special needs be mainstreamed as far as possible?

Before your interview read up on the school district's procedures for determining which students need special education services. Find out what services and resources are available in the school for special needs students.

Read up on the latest inclusion strategies. Be prepared to support your answers to special education teacher interview questions that explore your teaching philosophy with hard facts.

5 :: Tell us why do you feel that special education teachers need to work well with others?

Handling special education means good communication skills. It is important to get along with every individual that is part of a special education program. It is only through getting along that the objectives of a program are met.

6 :: Tell us do you think teamwork matters when it comes to special education?

Definitely! Special education demands more team work than an ordinary teaching position since the job requires collaboration with other teachers, mainstream teachers, instructional aides, parents and management on regular basis to develop and implement unique teaching strategies to cater for the children’s special needs.

7 :: Do you know what is an IEP?

If you are coming into an education interview out of state, you don't need to sweat the specifics for topics like IEPs that will have some differences in different areas. Instead, focus on the basics of all IEPs, including the following:

☛ a general understanding of how to write an IEP
☛ why you need to understand the needs, goals, strengths, and weaknesses of a student to write an effective IEP
☛ how IEPs impact the general education setting and how you will structure this general education setting time

8 :: Explain me have You Ever Dealt with an Especially Disruptive Student?

When working with special needs children, you will likely discover that you will be required to implement disciplinary procedures that may differ from those used in typical classrooms. Your interviewer will ask you this question for various reasons. First, he or she will want to learn about your feelings towards students who tend to be disruptive and how you handle this on a personal level. Next, the interviewer will want you to list the steps you have taken to correct such behaviors in a way that is conducive to not only the disruptive child, but also for the rest of the classroom.

9 :: Tell us why Did You Choose to Become a Special Education Teacher?

Since your primary goal as a special education teacher is to ensure that your students obtain the education necessary to lead productive lives, your interviewer will likely ask you how you maintain calm in the classroom so that everyone has equal learning opportunities. You should reply in the following manner: “I set clear rules at the beginning of the school year and apply a routine to everyday learning. I work with my students so that they understand which rules and procedures apply directly to them at all times. I also explain and demonstrate the penalties for breaking the rules clearly and ensure that each student is treated fairly.”

10 :: Tell me how can you illustrate to me your dependability?

In my current role I have had colleagues comment quite frequently that they are happy they can rely on me to be at work, complete what I say that I will, and fill in where necessary. I am a strong team player and will absolutely cover work for a colleague if asked. I also have perfect attendance in my current position.