Kappa Delta Pi

2019 Kappa Delta PiKappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education was founded March 8, 1911 at the University of Illinois. Organized to recognize excellence in education, Kappa Delta Pi elects those to membership who exhibit the ideals of scholarship, high personal standards, and promise in teaching and allied professions.

Kappa Delta Pi is an honor society of, about, and for educators. Selection is based upon:

  • High academic achievement
  • Commitment to education as a career
  • Professional attitude that assures steady growth in the profession

Kappa Delta Pi has approximately 55,000 active members. Each member's name is recorded permanently at society headquarters, located in Indianapolis, with the name of the initiating chapter.

The Marian University School of Education initiated its first Kappa Delta Pi chapter, Alpha Alpha Tau, on Sunday, April 28, 2002 in the Ruth Lilly Center. Forty-one members were initiated at that ceremony.

Marian University enjoys active participation in its KDP chapter. In 2011, the chapter earned the ACE of the Achieving Chapter Excellence (ACE) Award at Kappa Delta Pi’s 48th Biennial Convocation recognizing it as best of all entries.

2020 Spring Calendar of Events

Initiation requirements


  • Minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Completed at least 18 college credit hours with at least 6 hours of education courses completed or in progress 

Post baccalaureate

  • Minimum 3.50 GPA
  • Completed at least six (6) or more semester hours of graduate work at Marian University
  • Have at least six (6) hours of professional education courses programmed, in progress, or completed

2019-20 Kappa Delta Pi officers

  • President: Kaitlyn Hellinger
  • Vice President: Abby English
  • Treasurer: Hannah Minton
  • Secretary: Lizzy Smith
  • Historian: Catie Wallace
  • Foundation Representative: Theresa Fenton
  • Chapter Advocacy Officer: Maria Portman
  • Membership Chairs: Kallan Ratekin and Audrey Wilcox
  • SGA Senators: Molly McMillan and Sarah Herron
  • Associate Counselor: Karen Betz
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