Membership FAQs

Why should I join Pi Lambda Theta?

Pi Lambda Theta is one of the nation’s most prestigious education honor societies, and having it on your résumé gets the attention of employers. Membership also provides an opportunity for you to stand out from the crowd at graduation with gold honor cords and other regalia. The best part? If you’re planning to pursue a career in education and have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above, you’ve already earned it. All you have to do is fill out the membership form. It’s that easy.

I want to join Pi Lambda Theta. Am I eligible?

Pi Lambda Theta has the most stringent GPA requirements for membership. Eligible candidates must have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above and must be one of the following:

  • Undergraduate juniors or seniors (with at least 60 credit hours), recent graduates, or graduate students who intend to pursue a career in education; or
  • Current educators or education professionals/support staff.

How much does it cost to join?

There is a one-time fee of $74, plus chapter dues if applicable. Once you pay the membership fee, you will be a member for life and will not need to renew your membership.

Do I have to submit an official transcript?

No, you may upload a PDF of an electronic version. Please remember that your transcript must show your name, school name, and cumulative/overall GPA.

What types of payment do you accept?

We accept online payments by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. If submitting your application by mail, you may pay with a check made out to Pi Lambda Theta.

How long does it take for my membership to be processed?

Once we receive your application, we will process it within two to three business days. After we process your membership, we will send you a welcome email and mail you a membership packet that includes your official welcome letter, membership certificate, and gold honor cords (via U.S. mail).

How do I wear my gold cords?

Cords are worn over the left shoulder with the knot on top, two tassels to the front, and two tassels to the back.

How do I update my résumé to include my membership?

Create a section called “Honors and Awards” and add the following:
Member, Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society

How do I get a Pi Lambda Theta badge for my LinkedIn account?

When your membership is approved, you will receive an email from Credly within 2 weeks, the official service provider of the Pi Lambda Theta digital membership badge, with your badge and a link to save it and share it on your social media profiles. Please contact us if you do not receive this email.

What is Pi Lambda Theta’s relationship to PDK International?

As a division of PDK International, Pi Lambda Theta maintains its name, selective membership standards, and unique mission. Established in 1906, PDK International supports teachers and school leaders by strengthening their interest in the profession through the entire arc of their career. PDK International is comprised of seven divisions whose programs and services enable public educators to improve schools so that all students thrive.