Pi Lambda Theta

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Pi Lambda Theta (ΠΛΘ) is one of the most prestigious education honor societies in the United States.

Basic information[edit]

Pi Lambda Theta is one of the nation’s most prestigious education honor societies, serving to recognize outstanding students who intend to pursue careers in education. With more than 185,000 individuals inducted across the nation since 1910, membership signifies a strong commitment to academic excellence and the teaching profession.

The preservice and practicing educators who join Pi Lambda Theta are recognized for their exemplary achievement by wearing gold honor cords at graduation and are viewed by employers as high-caliber job candidates.


Pi Lambda Theta has the most stringent GPA requirements for membership. Eligible candidates must have a 3.5 GPA or higher and must be one of the following:

• Undergraduate sophomores, recent graduates, or graduate students who intend to pursue a career in education; or

• Current educators or education professionals/support staff.


"Wearing Pi Lambda Theta cords at graduation was a huge honor. It was beyond rewarding to be recognized as a standout graduate." —Catherine Espinal, Pi Lambda Theta member

"Receiving [a scholarship from Pi Lambda Theta] gave me an advantage when I was applying for teaching positions, opened the door for more professional opportunities, and allowed me to be seen as a leader by peers and other professionals." —Amy Watts, Pi Lambda Theta member

"After getting my first year of teaching third grade under my belt, I was ready to consider further education. The [scholarship I received] helped me begin a master’s degree program in Education with a Reading Specialist endorsement from Regent University. This is helping me become a better teacher, and I’m so grateful for the support I received from Pi Lambda Theta!" —Emily Park, Pi Lambda Theta member

History and governance[edit]

Pi Lambda Theta was organized in 1910 at the University of Missouri. Seven years later, educational honoraries from six other universities joined Pi Lambda Theta to form a national association to advance education as a profession. Members can be found in all 50 states and in many countries throughout the world.

Pi Lambda Theta is a member of the Phi Delta Kappa International family of education associations and is governed by the PDK International Board of Directors.


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