Special education professionals serve one of the most complex teaching roles within your school district or school board. The ability to hire the right professionals for your schools falls heavily on how you screen applicants.
The interviewing process is a crucial time for K-12 recruiters to screen applicants for skills that demonstrate their ability to handle the different special needs and demands involved with being a special education professional. The following special education interview questions are to help you identify key competencies of viable education professionals for your school.
Speech pathologists, teaching assistants, therapists, and parents influence a child’s education. And each of these people has to work closely with the child’s special education teacher. Effective communication and being an ‘ideal team player’ are crucial for special educators.
Here are some questions to ask special education teacher candidates:
A primary responsibility of special education teachers is to conduct in-depth individual assessments to design Individualized Education Programs (IEP) for special education students. The National Association of Elementary School Principals suggests screening applicants for clinical knowledge and the ability to design and provide curriculums that maximize academic progress for each special education student.
Candidates should be able to answer questions like:
Many special education students need structure and routine in order to thrive and avoid disruption due to behavioral challenges. Screen applicants for their ability to manage a classroom by asking candidates questions like:
Asking the right interview questions for special education teachers is part of the equation. The other part is making sure you have enough applicants to ask the questions to. interviewstream’s virtual interviewing software helps you reach more candidates, faster so your students always have enough support.
Use on demand video interviews to screen teachers using some of these interview questions or ask them situational interview questions. Check out how school districts and school boards are building their teacher talent pool with interviewing software. Or, fill out this form to schedule a chat and see how we can help you hire enough teachers for your school.
Caroline Chessia is the Marketing Operations Specialist at interviewstream. She loves color-coordinated graphs, hiking in the mountains, and every dog she meets—especially the Golden Retrievers.