Licensed Unity Teacher Studies
Many students, as they go through the SEE courses, realize that they are being called into leadership. One of the Unity leadership paths available through Unity Worldwide Ministries is the licensed Unity teacher (LUT) path. All the prerequisite information you need to become a licensed Unity teach can be found below.
- Complete 250 hours of Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute’s Spiritual Development Program.
- Be an active member of a Unity church which is recognized by Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM).
- Enter into an agreement with your sponsoring minister regarding your future role as a licensed Unity teacher in a specific ministry.
- E-mail a Letter of Intent to the Licensed Teacher Coordinator at UWM.
- Have access to a computer and the internet and have the ability communicate via e-mail and to open attachments.
- Take and pass a psychological evaluation. Additional evaluation may be required at a later time, depending upon results of the initial evaluation.
Letter of Intent
Write a Letter of Intent and e-mail it to Unity Worldwide Ministires' Credentialing Coordinator, Rev. Lynn O'Dell at UWM (LOdell@Unity.org) as you are nearing completion of the Spiritual Development Program and before beginning Leadership classes. Include the following:
- Candidate’s name, home address, phone numbers, email address
- Number of Spiritual Development Program hours completed
- When (month & year) you plan to begin your first Leadership classes
- Your chosen Focus Area (Administration, Adult Education, Pastoral Care, Youth & Family Ministry, Music Ministry)
- Name and address of your sponsoring ministry
- Name of your sponsoring minister and her/his email address
- If you are a Spiritual Leader, the name of your church and the date you became Spiritual Leader at this ministry.
Recommendation from Your Minister
Your sponsoring minister's recommendation is a requirement. We will be in contact with your sponsoring minister regarding this.
Psychological Evaluation Requirement
This requirement is one step in the application process and is completed during your first week of Leadership classes. The written portion of this evaluation is administered on the Sunday before classes begin and the 90-minute interview with the psychologist is scheduled on the Saturday after classes end. It is your responsibility to contact the Licensed Teacher Coordinator as you are nearing completion of the Spiritual Development program to schedule this evaluation. Current cost is $530 USD per student.
Psychological Evaluation Schedule
Fall 2016: Leadership Week October 30 -Nov.5; Administration of Written Psychological Evaluation Sunday, 10/30; Interview with Psychologist Saturday, 11/5
Submitting Practicum Documentation
Practicum requirements are explained in detail in the Licensing for Teachers booklet. As you complete the required assignments, send the documentation to the Licensed Teacher Coordinator, preferably by email. All submissions must be typed rather than handwritten.
Skills Demonstration Seminar
Skills Demonstration Seminar (SDS) is the final week of training before you are considered for licensing. Attendance at SDS is by invitation only. All requirements (class and practicum) must be completed and supporting documentation on file in the office of the LTC at Unity Worldwide Ministries three months in advance of the SDS you plan to attend. Practicum documentation is to be submitted as you complete the requirements so we can give you feedback on your work as you progress. All documentation must be typed and e-mailed to LOdell@unity.org or mailed to:
Unity Worldwide Ministries
Attn: Lynn O'Dell, Credentialing Coordinator
PO Box 610
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
We can accommodate a minimum of six (6) and a maximum of twelve (12) students at any given SDS. Students are invited on a first-come, first-served basis. This means that invitations will be extended to the first 12 students who complete all requirements (classes and practicum requirements) and from whom all documentation is received.SDS Dates
Spring 2017: Monday-Thursday, April 3-7; Documentation Due Date January 25, 2017
Summer 2016: Monday-Thursday, August 8-11; Documentation Due Date May 8, 2016
Fall 2016: Monday-Thursday, November 7-10; Documentation Due Date August 7. 2016
Updating Your Contact Information
You are required to inform us when you have a change in any of the following: address, phone number, email address, name change, change of sponsoring minister or change in sponsoring ministry. Please send this information directly to Rev. Lynn O'Dell, Credentialing Coordinator.
Receiving the E-Newsletter The Path
Please go to www.unity.org/enews to sign up for this newsletter, which will help you stay informed of requirements and possible changes in this program as well as giving you access to other Unity Worldwide Ministries information.
Contacting the Education Coordinator
Rev. Lynn O'Dell, Credentialing Coordinator can be reached at 816.434.6843 and at LOdell@unity.org.
What is the purpose of the Licensed Unity Teacher program?
The purpose of the Licensed Unity Teacher Program is to provide the Unity ministry with a leader who is equipped to serve and support a Unity minister and ministry. This program is designed to deepen your understanding of Unity principles and assist you in acquiring leadership training which will enable you to be a valuable asset to your church community. The use of the title of Licensed Unity Teacher is granted only to those who are affiliated with a ministry recognized by Unity Worldwide Ministries.
Who licenses Licensed Unity Teachers?
Education and licensing of Unity teachers is a joint venture between Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute and Unity Worldwide Ministries. Candidates will be working with Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute, SEE Department, as they complete the required courses. They will be working with the Licensed Teacher Coordinator at Unity Worldwide Ministries as they complete the psychological evaluation, the Practicum (hands-on training in their ministry) and the Skills Demonstration Seminar. The Board of Trustees of Unity Worldwide Ministries approves the licensing of each candidate.
Is the Spiritual Education and Enrichment Program (SEE) part of the educational process for Licensed Unity Teacher candidates?
Yes. Licensed Unity Teacher candidates successfully complete all of the required courses offered in the Spiritual Development Program as well as all of the required Leadership courses. The Practicum, which is completed at the candidate’s ministry, is completed during the same time frame that the Leadership courses are being completed. Candidates begin the Practicum work after successfully completing the psychological evaluation and being accepted into the Licensed Teacher Program.
Will my minister be involved in my training?
The role of the sponsoring minister is to be a mentor for the licensed teacher candidate as well as an evaluator of the candidate’s teaching skills, interaction with the congregation and readiness for a leadership position in a Unity church. The sponsoring minister continues in this role even after the candidate is licensed. The licensed Unity teacher serves the Unity ministry in accordance with the mission and vision of the Unity church and at the direction of the minister. The sponsoring minister must be an ordained or licensed Unity minister or a qualified and approved Unity spiritual leader.
How do I apply?
When you have completed 250 credits of Spiritual Development classes, meet with your minister to determine your Focus Area and then send a Letter of Intent to the Licensed Teacher Coordinator at Unity Worldwide Ministries. The Letter of Intent should include the following:
- Candidate’s name, home address, phone numbers, e-mail address
- Number of Spiritual Development hours completed
- The month and year you plan to begin attending Leadership classes
- Your chosen Focus Area (see the Licensing for Teachers booklet)
- Name and address of your sponsoring ministry
- Name of your sponsoring minister and her/his e-mail address
- If you are a spiritual leader, the name of your church and the date you became spiritual leader.
After receipt of your Letter of Intent, the Licensed Teacher Coordinator will provide application forms and will schedule your psychological evaluation, which is a pre-requisite to entering the Program.
What is a Focus Area?
You may be licensed in one of five focus areas: Adult Education, Administration, Pastoral Care, Music Ministry or Youth and Family Ministry , depending on your interests, the agreement you have made with your sponsoring minister, and the needs of your ministry.
May I apply my previous experience to the requirements of the program?
In many cases, yes. Please work directly with the Licensed Teacher Coordinator who will assess each request on an individual basis.
Who should I contact for more information?
For more information about becoming a licensed Unity teacher, please contact Rev. Lynn O'Dell, Education Coordinator, at Unity Worldwide Ministries, 816.434.6843 (direct), email Lynn@unity.org, or write to the Education Coordinator, Unity Worldwide Ministries, PO Box 610, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063. For information about required classes or to get an update on your transcript, please contact our SEE personnel at Unity Institute, 816.251.3535, ext. 2035, or email UnityInstituteRegistrar@Unityonline.org (through August 30, 2016). After August 2016, you will need to contact the new Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute Registrar, who will be hired in late July 2016.
Licensed teacher candidates:
Be sure to check out the Small Group Ministry resources. Teaching from these class options counts toward your credentialing.
Full details of the licensed teacher program can be found in the Licensed Teacher booklet.
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