Honor & Professional Societies

As a member of our Student Organizations, you will embark on a journey of growth, collaboration, and leadership supported by a network of passionate educators and scholars. Whether you aspire to innovate in the classroom, advocate for educational equity, or conduct groundbreaking research, our organizations provide the platform and resources to elevate your aspirations and make a meaningful impact in the world of education. Join us as we strive to inspire, empower, and shape the future of learning.

Student Organizations

Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International is the international honor society of professional counseling and for professional counselors. Our mission is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling. CSI has more than more than 162,000 initiated members nationally, and more than 440 chapters.  The St. John’s University Chapter is the Sigma Tau Upsilon Chapter.

Graduate students enrolled in Counselor Education programs are invited to join CSI based on their academic achievements and professional character.

CSI hosts a variety of events, including workshops on campus, NACRAN training, participation in the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) NYC Metro Walk, comprehensive examination preparation workshops, and more. 

SI offers a variety of awards and grants.

Contact Us

Heather Robertson, Ph.D
[email protected]

Nouna Jalilzadeh, Ph.D.
[email protected]

Knowledge. Duty. Power.

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) is the International Honor Society in Education. Individually and collectively, society members recognize and honor achievement; strive to a high degree of professional fellowship, leadership, and growth in the field of education; and serve their students and educational community. The St. John’s University Kappa Eta Chapter continues to strive to meet the changing needs of educators and their students, as well as provide member educators resources and opportunities that encourage innovative and best practices. Through publications, conferences, online resources, networking of education leaders, and strategic partnerships, KDP focuses on issues that are critical to the growth of the profession and its individual teachers.

Excellent teachers build thriving communities and create lifelong opportunities by providing quality, equitable education for all is our vision.  

KDP inspires and equips teachers to thrive is our mission. 

Why Join Kappa Delta Pi?

KDP is a community that honors and celebrates you while providing support and professional development on your journey to be a teacher of excellence. Member benefits include 

  • Exclusive KDP honor cords and regalia for Commencement
  • Scholarships for members only
  • Local activities and leadership in the Kappa Eta chapter
  • One million dollars in professional liability insurance for student teaching
  • Professional development taught by PK–12 teachers
  • Career search assistance for your first teaching position
  • Ongoing support in your first three years as a new teacher

The national organization provides members-only scholarships.

Criteria for KDP Induction


  • At least 18 semester hours completed (sophomore)
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or a grade point average ranking in the upper quintile (upper 20 percent) based upon the total previous collegiate record of the student
  • At least six semester hours of Professional Education courses programmed, in progress, or completed

Graduate Students

  • Accepted into the graduate school and pursuing coursework in education
  • Completion of six semester hours of graduate work in current program
  • At least six semester hours of Professional Education courses programmed, in progress, or completed
  • A cumulative grade-point average on all graduate work of at least 3.25 (on a 4.00 scale) or within the upper 18.75 percentile

Alternative Certification Students

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree
  • Completion of at least three semester hours of the alternative certification program
  • At least six hours of Professional Education courses completed, in progress, or programmed
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 (on a 4.00 scale)

Contact Information

Jordan González, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Education Specialties
[email protected]  

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Phi Delta Kappa - Established 1906

Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) is an international association composed of individuals devoted to excellence in education. The mission of Phi Delta Kappa is to promote quality and universally accessible education as a means to sustain a democratic society. The association does this through its research, service, and leadership initiatives at the international, regional, and chapter levels.

The Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Association was established in 1906 to support educators by strengthening their interest in the profession. PDK Association membership is for those educators who are invested in digging deeper into the most pressing issues facing educators today and navigating the intersection between research and practice. PDK Association membership is for any educator who wants to learn about the most cutting-edge research in education, grow their skill set, influence the national conversation on education, and support the next generation of future educators.

The St. John's University PDK Chapter has over three decades of engaging our students and alumni in opportunities to develop and strengthen best practices for the educational environment. It is the vision of the St. John's University PDK Chapter to foster a network of educators to positively impact local and national educational institutions.


Membership is open to professionals at all levels of education and to individuals in educationally related fields who have a baccalaureate degree and have academic standing sufficient for admission to graduate school. Student teachers are also eligible for membership. Membership is by election through the chapter structure; candidates for membership may be nominated by current members or through self-nomination (completed by the application process).

To apply for membership: 

  1. Visit the PDK International Website 
  2. Click "Join" (top right)
  3. Choose "PDK International" as member option.
  4. Choose PDK Chapter State: New York
  5. Click "Continue and Select Chapter"
  6. Choose the St. John’s University Chapter 

The PDK Chapter Board will review applications and contact new members following the application review process.

Contact Information

PDK St. John’s University Chapter Faculty Advisor
James Coviello, Ed.D.
Sullivan Hall
[email protected]

The mission of this organization is to recognize educators of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, and religions. Teachers of Color (TOC) is a space where members can explore and practice culturally responsive teaching while broadening their mindsets. We also want to ensure that every educator has access to a space where we can create solutions to issues, we face in the classroom.

All undergraduate students are welcome to join. 

Contact Us

Alisha S. Sampath  
[email protected]

Dr. Aliya Holmes
Faculty Advisor
[email protected]


President/Founder - Alisha Sampath: Adolescent Education - Social Studies '25 & TESOL '26
Vice President - Hannah Meikle: Childhood Education - Math '25 & Special Education '26
Treasurer - Linda Melendez: Adolescent Education - Math '25 & Special Education '26
Secretary - Victoria Maiorana - Childhood Education - Psychology '25  
Freshman Representative - Asha Heckstall - Childhood Education
Social Media Chair - Codi Cano - Pinos: Adolescent Education - Biology '25