Unity Credentialing FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions - Unity Credentialing

Will the Spiritual Education and Enrichment (SEE) program change as it moves from Unity Institute (UI) to Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute (UWSI)?
No and yes.

  • There will be no changes in the required SEE courses until January 2018.
  • In 2018, some of the courses will be combined and some new courses will be added.
  • In 2018, the required Leadership courses will increase from 12 to 15. The additional three courses will be online and not require an additional onsite visit.
  • We will work with all current students as we transition to new courses so that they will not "lose" credits and will not have to take any additional credits/courses that were not part of the program when they began.

Do my current SEE course credits expire after a certain time under the new UWSI program?
Currently, course credit expiration is the same as in the old program - 10 years.

Are all my accumulated SEE course credits applicable for the completion of the SEE program in the new UWSI program?
Yes. UWSI will accept the accumulated course credits without change, as long as those credits have not expired (10 years from successful course completion).

I see some of the courses I took are no longer in the SEE curriculum. Does that mean I will lose credit for those courses that I have taken, but are now not being taught?
No. Your credits for completed SEE courses will be retained and credited to you, as long as the credits for the courses taken have not expired (10 years from successful course completion). We will work with all current students as we transition to the new courses. It is our intention that no one will lose credit for courses they've taken, nor will they have to take any additional courses that were not part of the program when they began.

I am now on a path to be credentialed as a Licensed Unity Teacher (LUT). Is there anything in the new program that will keep me from completing the LUT program as planned?
No. UWSI will accept the accumulated course credits, without change, as long as those credits have not expired.

Will the Licensed Unity Teacher (LUT) requirements be changing as well? Will the 5 tracks continue?
There are no plans to change the LUT requirements or the 5 LUT tracks. The SEE requirements will change, beginning in 2018.

I am currently enrolled in the Certified Spiritual Educator (CSE) program. How will the changes in SEE affect me?
There will be no change with the CSE program.

I am interested in becoming an ordained Unity minister; should I do anything else besides enroll in UWSI and register in M&RS courses?
Yes. Students interested in becoming an ordained Unity minister must also apply to Unity Worldwide Ministries' Ministry Path program in order to be considered for ordination. It is recommended that students apply for this program as soon as possible after enrolling in UWSI. Those interested in ordination should review the information found on Unity Worldwide Ministries' (UWM) "Become a Minister" webpage. After reviewing the information, interested students should contact UWM's Credentialing Coordinator, Rev. Lynn O'Dell at lynn@unity.org.

Will graduation from UWSI's M.Div. or M&RS Diploma program guarantee licensing and ordination as a Unity minister?
No. Completion and graduation from UWSI's M.Div. or M&RS Diploma program fulfills one of the requirements of the UWSI ordination path through UWM's credentialing program. Learn more about licensing and ordination here.