Honorary Societies for Students in the College of Education

The College of Education recommends students become involved in professional organizations in order to increase their awareness of the field of education, issues in education, and to improve leadership and communication skills.

Alpha Delta Chapter of Alpha Upsilon Alpha (AUA)

Alpha Upsilon Alpha, the honor society of the International Literacy Association, was created in 1985 to recognize and encourage scholarship, the development of personal and professional leadership, and service to the field of reading at both the undergraduate and graduate levels

Membership in Alpha Upsilon Alpha brings a sense of scholarly accomplishment in the field of reading and language arts. Members are acknowledged for having excelled in their chosen field of study, and are recognized as professionals committed to the importance of reading and language arts in education. 

Advisor: Laurie Elish-Piper 815-753-8487 laurieep@niu.edu

Golden Key International Honor Society

The Golden Key International Society strives to unlock the potential of each of its members by upholding standards of excellence on campus and beyond. The society distinguishes the top 15% of juniors and seniors at 300 universities who excel academically by providing a lifetime of benefits through membership. Golden Key's mission is to recognize academic excellence, unite university faculty and administrators with students to foster a network of scholars, award scholarships for the pursuit of knowledge, serve the campus and community for personal growth and leadership development, and to connect members with career opportunities. Combining integrity and collaboration in all that the organization does, they support and awarded members to learn, lead and help others.

Advisor: Matthew Sprong 815-753-5555 msprong1@niu.edu


Kappa Delta Pi International Honors Society in Education

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor Society in Education, is an organization that recognizes the best and brightest in the field.  Through its professional development programs and services, KDP supports and enhances the professional growth and teaching practices of its member educators throughout their entire teaching career. This all begins by joining the Delta Epsilon Chapter of KDP at Northern Illinois University. We are more than an honor society to put as a line on your resume--KDP provides leadership opportunities, commitment to service, and access to the professional resources to help undergraduate and graduate students develop into high-quality educators.  KDP members make a difference as educators – don’t miss this opportunity!

Advisor: Elizabeth Wilkins 815-753-9406 ewilkins@niu.edu

Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honors Society

Lambda Sigma Society is a national honor society for second year men and women dedicated to the purpose of fostering leadership, scholarship, fellowship, and the spirit of service among college students, and to promote the interests of the college or university in every possible way. Membership in Lambda Sigma is not only recognition for accomplishment, but also a challenge to serve throughout your college career and as an alumnus. Lambda Sigma offers opportunities for personal growth, leadership experience, a sense of involvement on your campus, and the friendship of other student leaders/scholars. As a member of a group of outstanding second year students, you will be challenged to fulfill your own intellectual and leadership potential while serving your college/university and your community.

Advisor: Shelley Mass 815-753-0028 mmass1@niu.edu

Mortarboard National Senior Honor Society

Mortar Board is a national honor society recognizing college seniors for superior achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Membership is synonymous with dedication and success. Mortar Board members are not only recognized as the top scholars and leaders on their campuses, but are presented with the unique opportunity to join a diverse group of students from vastly different disciplines and interests in our Society. The Society provides its members with opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. Additionally, Mortar Board offers numerous benefits to members, including career networking, fellowships and awards.

Advisor: Jason Goode 815-753-9509 jason@niu.edu

Tau Sigma National Society for Transfer Students

Through established chapters at four year institutions across the country, Tau Sigma National Society for Transfer Students is able to recognize the academic achievement of the most outstanding transfers nationwide and, in the process, help universities better serve their transfer population.  Tau Sigma members (among the most accomplished transfer students on campus) are perhaps the greatest resource available to serve the current and future transfers at all institutions.

Advisor: Arielle Kalvelage 815-753-8038 akalvelage1@niu.edu