Student Membership

Open to undergraduates or graduates that:

  • Intend to pursue a career in education.
  • Are enrolled in a qualified degree program.
  • Have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Contact the Pi Lambda Theta international office for advice when grades are not computed on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have at least a sophomore-standing in a baccalaureate degree program or pre-baccalaureate degree program in education. Or, 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.)

Professional Membership

Any professional educator who satisfies the following five criteria is eligible to join Pi Lambda Theta. (A professional in another field, e.g., psychologist, counselor, nutritionist, and librarian, may be qualified for membership if (s)he practices in or has contributed to the field of education.)

  • No present enrollment in a degree program.
  • A minimum of a baccalaureate degree.
  • Completion of a degree, a credential program, or a certification program at a regionally accredited institution in a field leading to a career in education.
  • A grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for the most advanced degree, credential or certification program.
  • Submission of a résumé / vita or portfolio as evidence of outstanding contributions to the profession.

A professional educator who has been certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is also eligible for membership. In this case, the above criteria are waived.



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Commitment to Diversity: Membership in Pi Lambda Theta is open to all qualified candidates, including persons with disability, without regard to age, race, color, gender, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation.