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. Download the Licensing for Teachers booklet.
All the prerequisite information you need to become a Licensed Unity Teacher can be found below.
- Complete 250 hours of Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute’s Spiritual Development Program.
- Be an active member of a Unity ministry 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 UWM's Credentialing Coordinator, Rev Lynn O'Dell, at LOdell@unity.org.
- 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.
* If you took classes before August of 2016 we will work with you on a case-by-case basis to discern equivalencies to the new courses.
If you did not take classes prior to August of 2016 then you will not be affected by the requirement changes.
Seven previously offered courses are being combined into three new courses, see below:
Healing and Wholeness, parts 1 & 2 have become Healing and Wholeness
Lessons in Truth, Discover the Power Within You and Unity for Today have become Foundations of Unity
Development of the Unity Movement and History of New Thought have become History of New Thought and Unity
There are 22 required courses + 3 electives in the Spiritual Development Program.
The 22 required courses are:
Overview: Hebrew Scriptures
Bible Interpretation: Hebrew Scriptures
Overview: Christian Scriptures
Bible Interpretation: Acts - Revelation
Historical and Theological Studies
Foundations of Unity
Healing and Wholeness
History of New Thought and Unity
Spiritual Personal Development
The I of the Storm
Discerning Your Purpose
Self-Awareness (available Fall 2017)
Self-Care (available Fall 2017)
+ 3 Elective Courses
Write a Letter of Intent and e-mail it to Unity Worldwide Ministries' Credentialing Coordinator, Rev Lynn O'Dell, at LOdell@unity.org as you are nearing completion of the Spiritual Development Program and before beginning LUT Path Intensive classes. Include the following:
- Applicant’s name, home address, phone numbers, email address
- Number of Spiritual Development Program hours completed
- When (month & year) you plan to begin your first LUT Path Intensive 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.
Once we have your Letter of Intent, we will send the LUT Path Intensive Application Packet. Applications and all supporting documents must be received by the associated due date.
LUT Path Intensive 2019 Dates
Summer 2019: Monday-Thursday, July 15-19, 2019
Fall 2019: Monday-Thursday, October 28 - November 1, 2019
Recommendation from Your Minister
Your sponsoring minister's recommendation is a requirement. Please provide your sponsoring minister with the recommendation form included in the application packet. They are to submit that form directly to the Credentialing Coordinator, Rev Lynn O'Dell at LOdell@unity.org. It is not to be included with your application materials.
Psychological Evaluation Requirement
This requirement is one step in the application process and is completed during your first week of LUT Path Intensive classes. The written portion of this evaluation will be proctored at your home ministry. The 90-minute interview with the psychologist is scheduled to coincide with your attendance at your first LUT Path Intensive. It is your responsibility to contact the Credentialing Coordinator as you are nearing completion of the Spiritual Development program to schedule this evaluation. Current cost is $565 USD per student.
Psychological Evaluation Schedule
Summer 2019: Administration of Written Psychological Evaluation Sunday, July 14; Interview with Psychologist Saturday, July 20
Fall 2019: Administration of Written Psychological Evaluation Sunday, October 27; Interview with Psychologist Saturday, November 2
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 Credentialing 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 Credentialing Coordinator 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 with hand written signatures and e-mailed to Credentialing Coordinator, Rev Lynn O'Dell, at LOdell@unity.org or mailed to:
Unity Worldwide Ministries
Attn: LUT Credentialing
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.
All course work and practicum requirements must be completed and required documentation submitted to the Credentialing Coordinator, Rev Lynn O'Dell, at LOdell@unity.org by the posted documentation due date of a specific
The student is responsible for assuring that their transcript reflects completion of all classes and a satisfactory grade has been recorded. The student is also responsible for submitting a copy of this final transcript to the Credendialing Coordinator, Rev Lynn O'Dell at firstname.lastname@example.org and requesting a SDS packet to be sent.
If there are any missing or incomplete classes showing on the transcript, the student must resolve this with the instructor and/or the SEE department at Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute by contacting the UWSI Registrar, Chris Gannan at CGannan@unity.org and/or the instructor.
When a student is planning to attend their last set of LUT Path Intensive classes just before attending an
After completion of
Registration for SDS requires a non-refundable registration fee of $125.00.
This payment should accompany the entire packet which is found in the below link:
Summer 2019: Monday-Thursday, July 22-26; Documentation Due Date April 30, 2019
Fall 2019: Monday-Thursday, November 4-8; Documentation Due Date July 31, 2019
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 UWM's Credentialing Coordinator, Rev Lynn O'Dell, at LOdell@unity.org.
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 Unity Worldwide Ministries' Credentialing Department
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 or LUT Path Intensive 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 LUT Path Intensive 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 Credentialing 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 LUT Path Intensive courses. The Practicum, which is completed at the candidate’s ministry, is completed during the same time frame that the LUT Path Intensive 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 Credentialing Coordinator at Unity Worldwide Ministries. The Letter of Intent should include the following:
- Applicant’s name, home address, phone numbers, e-mail address
- Number of Spiritual Development hours completed
- The month and year you plan to begin attending LUT Path Intensive 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 Credentialing 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 Credentialing 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, Credentialing Coordinator, at Unity Worldwide Ministries, 816.434.6843 (direct), email LOdell@unity.org. Address is 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 Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute's Registrar, Chris Gannan, 816.434.6872 or email CGannan@unity.org.
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 Licensing for Teachers booklet.
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