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Below are sample Early Childhood Education interview questions.
-What have been the most formative experiences you've had in your work with young children and families?
-How would you go about assessing a child and gathering information for a parent conference?
-How do you handle classroom discipline?
-How do you measure your success as a teacher?
-Describe the way that you create a sense of community in your classroom.
-Provide an example of how you integrate technology into the curriculum.
-What are your weaknesses as a teacher?
-Why do you want to work for our school?
-What is it about teaching at the early childhood level that makes you want to spend your life doing it?
-Tell us about yourself, your background, and your experience working with children.
-What is one thing you would like parents and students to say about you?
-If you were to operate your own program, what do you consider key elements in a high quality operation that you would be sure to include?
-What strategies do you use to encourage children to work in groups?
-How might you use an individual child's assessment to develop curriculum in your class?
-What defines success for you as a preschool teacher?
-What is your understanding this school’s mission to mean? How does your teaching philosophy fit with that mission?
-Give an example of how you would handle a peer conflict in the classroom.
-What part of being an early childhood teacher gives you the most satisfaction?
-What part of doing this work is the most difficult for you?
-How do you feel about including children with special needs in the classroom?
-How do you measure a child’s educational achievement in ways other than testing?
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