School of Education: Pi Lambda Theta


What is Pi Lambda Theta? 

Pi Lambda Theta was founded in 1910. Its mission is to honor outstanding educators and inspire them to be effective leaders who address critical issues in education. The most selective national professional honor society of educators, PLT extends membership to students and professional educators who satisfy specific eligibility requirements.

Pi Lambda Theta was organized in 1910 at the University of Missouri. Seven years later, educational honoraries from six other universities joined Pi LambdaTheta to form a national association to advance education as a profession. More than 145,000 men and women have been initiated into Pi Lambda Theta since its founding. Today, the association has chapters and Direct Honors programs throughout the United States and in the Philippines. Members of Pi Lambda Theta can be found in all 50 states and in many countries throughout the world.

Qualifications for student candidates

Membership is open to any graduate or undergraduate student who is nominated by his institution or invited by a chapter. Minimum eligibility requirements are: intent to pursue a career in education, a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and current enrollment in a qualified degree program:

Graduate students must have completed at least two courses in a graduate degree program or post-baccalaureate certification or credential program.  If a graduate student has completed fewer than two graduate courses, the undergraduate GPA should be used.