Office of Career Services
Activities Building West
Current Students, use MyWheelock to make an appointment. (click on Appointments to search the Career Services calendar for an open appointment.)
Alumni, ask questions or make appointments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are questions that may be asked during interview process.
*Disclaimer: these are just some questions that could be asked and should not be taken literally as the questions to expect. Interview questions vary depending on the interviewer and/or organization.
General Questions for all Education Majors
- What are you interested in teaching in this school/district/grade level?
- How have you integrated multiple disciplines into lessons?
- Please speak to your experience with the Common Core.
- What are the principles of Universal Design for Learning and how have you incorporated UDL into your teaching?
- Please speak to your experience with specific ELA/Math/Social Studies/Science curriculum.
- How do you develop culturally relevant curriculum?
- How do you connect with students of backgrounds different than yours?
- How do you relate with students who speak little or limited English?
- Why did you choose to attend Wheelock to pursue a career in education?
- What is your teaching philosophy/philosophy of education?
- Tell me about your experience with co-teaching models.
- How does the physical layout of a classroom impact learning?
- What would be some principles you would use to organize your classroom?
- What activities might you coach or advise as a member of the teaching staff?
- What is your favorite subject to teach? Why?
- What is your least favorite subject, and how do you overcome your indifference toward it to teach it well?
- What do you enjoy most about teaching?
- Why do you want to teach at the ____ grade level/age group?
- How do you teach to the state standards?
- How do you provide feedback to students?
- Talk about your experience with formal and informal assessment.
- How would you describe your classroom management style? Your philosophy of discipline?
- What is your experience working with the special education population?
- What is your experience working with the ELL population?
- Name two to three goals you have for students in the time you'll be their teacher.
- Talk to me about a student who has an IEP whom you have observed or set up accommodations for.
- How do you motivate students?
- What is your experience working with challenging/difficult students?
- What is your experience working with difficult guardians/ parents?
- What role have guardians/families/parents played in your classroom?
- How do you communicate with parents?
- What would your students say they had learned after spending a year in your class? (Or: What do you want students to remember about your class?)
- How do you connect with a school's culture?
- How would you take advantage of resources within the community to enhance your teaching?
- If you are not from the community you are interviewing at, how would you learn more about the community where the school is located?
- How will you get to know the school community?
- What do you think are important characteristics of a school principal?
- How will you stay up-to-date in your profession?
Special Education Specific Questions
- What is the key to being a great special education teacher?
- Describe how you use and adapt lesson plans and materials.
- Be able to talk about special education classifications using professional language and provide examples of your work with students.
- In what ways would you collaborate with others in the service of the students with special needs in your classroom?
- What types of assessments have you used?
- Tell me about an IEP you have prepared?
- Why did you choose a career in special education? / Why do you want to work with students with special needs?
- Describe your most challenging student and how you have worked with this student.
- How will you work with teacher aides, teacher assistants or paraprofessionals effectively?
- How will you stay up to date in the field of special education?
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Early Childhood Education (ECE) Specific Questions
- What is your philosophy of teaching young children?
- What children's behavior do you find most challenging? How do you address it?
- What draws you to the early childhood population?
- What do you think are important curricular components to a pre-school classroom?
- How will you help close the achievement gap early on for at-risk populations?
- How would you develop positive relationships with parents?