Special Education Services | Psychologist | ISD 6076 Northland Learning Center


POSITION: School Psychologist (1.0 FTE, 180 Days)

LOCATION: Northland Learning Center, Virginia, MN


The Northland Learning Center is seeking to hire a School Psychologist to join our team of 6 School Psychologists. To promote consistency and collaborative problem solving, School Psychologists provide evaluation and support services to assigned schools within ten member districts. There is opportunity to grow and provide expertise in your preferred area of interest. Evaluation caseloads average 60 per school year. 


School psychologists at the Northland Learning Center provide a comprehensive range of services as described in the current standards from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). 

Pre-referral/Intervention Process: Participate in district Child Study/Pre-referral Team. This team collaboratively provides multi-tiered systems of support through implementation and monitoring of evidence-based behavioral and academic interventions for all students in need.

  • Collaborate with teachers, administration, parents and others, as appropriate, regarding the planning, implementation and evaluation of individual and group interventions designed to address students’ academic, social, emotional, and behavioral concerns.

  • Possess knowledge of behavioral mental health, collaborative and/or consultation models and methods and their application.

  • Participate in effective data-based decision-making using a foundation of assessment and data collection.

Problem Solving/Assessment: Apply knowledge of methods of assessment; systematic processes to collect data, translate assessment results into empirically based decisions about service delivery and evaluate outcomes of services including eligibility for special education services.

  • Prepare initial evaluation plans that address areas of concern and contain all necessary information to determine eligibility for special education services.

  • Prepare re-evaluation plans that address areas of concern and assist special education teachers in determining appropriate needs and goals.

  • Interview parents, teachers and others to gather relevant data regarding student performance.

  • Conduct observations in the classroom and other school environments in order to address students’ academic, social, emotional, and behavioral concerns.

  • Administer, score, analyze and interpret intellectual, academic, social/emotional/behavioral and other psychometric assessments.

  • Integrate all elements of assessment data into a cohesive whole for the purpose of resolving initial referral question(s) and determining eligibility for special education.

  • Communicate assessment results, conclusions and recommendations clearly and concisely through oral and written reporting to school staff, parents, and other service providers, as appropriate.

Research/Program Evaluation: Assist in the planning, development, and evaluation of educational programs to promote research-based practices. These activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of individual student programming.

  • Contribute to program development that furthers the integration of social, coping, and problem solving in the classroom. 

  • Research curriculum, progress monitoring tools, mental health interventions, MCA data and continuing federal requirements such as multi-tiered systems of support.

Additional Duties:

  • Provide services to schools and families that enhance the competence and well-being of children, including promotion of effective and safe learning environments, prevention and remediation of academic and behavior problems, response to crises, and improvement of family–school collaboration.

  • Serve as a behavior coach for programs, such as Pyramid Model in preschool classrooms. 

  • Participate in appropriate professional organizations, workshops, conventions, and regularly scheduled NLC School Psychologist meetings, including maintaining adequate knowledge, training, and current testing materials required by school psychologists. .

  • Prepare materials and present on relevant topics at professional development and training events.

  • Prepare and provide ongoing training for NLC Achievement Assessors in support of the evaluation process.

  • Order special education testing materials and assist district staff in determining the most appropriate and up to date tools for assessments. 

  • Use technology proficiently to communicate, compile reports, collect data, and administer assessments.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the district administration. 


Qualified applicants will have completed an accredited graduate degree program at the specialist-level (e.g., Ed.S., M.A. + CAGS; M.A. + CAS; M.S./M.A.) or higher requiring a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours of study and a 1200 hour supervised internship in School Psychology, with a minimum of 600 hours in a school setting.


Qualified applicants will hold or be eligible to obtain a valid School Psychologist license/certificate issued by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). School psychologists who hold the National Certification in School Psychology (NCSP) in addition to the required state certification/licensure, are encouraged to apply. See PELSB for more information on credentialing requirements in Minnesota.



To be determined based on education and experience.


The Northland Learning Center is located in the beautiful northwoods of Virginia, Minnesota. The Northland Learning Center provides comprehensive special education services to ten member districts to include Rock Ridge, Ely, Nett Lake, Chisholm, Mt. Iron-Buhl, St. Louis County, Mesabi East, Rock Ridge, International Falls, Cook County, and the Northland Learning Center.


Enjoy four distinct seasons in the Quad Cities, which includes Virginia, Mt. Iron, Eveleth, and Gilbert, located only 45 miles south of the idyllic beauty of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and 60 miles north of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world. With access to hundreds of lakes, enjoy a variety of year ‘round outdoor activities, including fishing, boating, hiking, skiing, swimming, and camping. Northeast Minnesota’s natural beauty, unbounded recreation, excellent education, quality healthcare, and family friendly communities are just a few of the reasons to love our region.

For more information about this position, please contact Katie Heimdal, Executive Director at or 218-471-1040.

This is an exempt position.