Interview Questions-Education

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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?

Additional Resources: toughnickel.com

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?

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