Sample Questions for Education Majors

  1. Why do you want to be a teacher?
  2. How would you approach the problem of students who have not mastered basic reading or writing skills?
  3. What is your philosophy of classroom management?
  4. How would you respond to a parent who is upset with your teaching methods or with your treatment of his or her child?
  5. What is the greatest asset you will bring to your classroom and to your profession?

Opening Questions

  1. When and why did you decide to pursue a career in teaching?
  2. Briefly tell me about your background. What field experiences have you had?
  3. What individual was most influential in your choice of a teaching career?
  4. What are your career goals five years from now? Ten years?
  5. What is your philosophy of education?

General Questions

  1. What would be an ideal teaching assignment for you and why?
  2. What do you expect from a principal?
  3. Describe the physical appearance of your classroom.
  4. What has been your most positive experience in teaching so far?
  5. What has been your worst experience in teaching so far?
  6. What do you enjoy most about teaching?
  7. When is it necessary to communicate with parents?
  8. A parent appears at your classroom door and begins to complain about the test you gave the class two days ago — what do you do?
  9. What was your biggest surprise (positive or negative) as a student teacher?
  10. What different disabilities have you worked with?
  11. Describe your perception of the role of the principal, supervisor, and other teachers to your role as a classroom teacher.
  12. You are the expert — what is the number one issue facing public education today?
  13. How do you enhance positive self-esteem in students?
  14. Explain the difference between treating all students fairly and treating all students equally.
  15. How much “hands-on” experience do you have with technology?
  16. How have you incorporated computer instruction into your teaching?
  17. How have you used the World Wide Web or Internet to enhance your array of teaching materials?
  18. Review an incident from your teaching experiences that you would handle differently, given that hindsight can be 20/20. What were the circumstances?
  19. What would you do differently now?

Classroom Management

  1. What progressive discipline steps would you follow for an unmanageable student in your classroom?
  2. How would you handle a student who verbally attacked you in class?
  3. What classroom management strategies will you use to encourage self-discipline and a positive, productive classroom?
  4. Share your philosophy/methods of behavior management.

Teaching Strategies

  1. How would you individualize learning?
  2. What principles do you use to motivate students?
  3. How important is success in learning? How do you help students be successful?
  4. If I were to observe you teaching for a couple of hours, what would I see in terms of your instructional style and technique?
  5. When designing a lesson plan, what are basic components of teaching you would always want to include?
  6. What is your interpretation of effective teaching? What effective teaching techniques do you use?

Measuring Student Performance

  1. Could a student of low academic ability receive a high grade in your classes?
  2. What is your system for evaluating student work?
  3. How have you communicated student progress to parents?
  4. Do you believe in retention in the elementary grades and who should make that decision?


  1. What new approaches in teaching would you like to try?
  2. What types of resource materials do you like to use?
  3. Define curriculum integration. How would you integrate the curriculum content in your classroom?

Personal Characteristics

  1. If you needed help, who would you go to?
  2. How would your students describe you?
  3. What are your recreational activities, hobbies, interests?
  4. In what areas do you feel you need improvement?
  5. How do you cope with stress?
  6. Do you have a favorite children’s author?

Closing Questions

  1. In summary, what is it that makes you the best candidate for a teaching position in our district?
  2. What questions didn't I ask you for which you had an excellent answer prepared?
  3. What questions do you have?