Training and Credentialing

Certified Spiritual Educator (CSE) Program

Are you new to youth ministry or interested in deepening your skills?

This program of study provide an individual with a more comprehensive background in youth ministry and an opportunity to serve in a deeper way.

The Certified Spiritual Educator program is the first-level of certification for those serving the youth of our Unity Movement. It focuses on preparing volunteers and leaders in creating quality ministry for young people. It consists of:

Complete the following online Trainings

They are offered each year through Unity Worldwide Ministries. 

Leading & Guiding a YFM Program (3-Session Training)
This resource-rich course will focus on how to create and sustain a thriving and engaging youth ministry program. Whether the program is onsite, online, or a combination of both, learners will gain insights into the tools and components needed to build a program, develop effective leaders, and honor the learning and developmental needs of all.

Help Us Soar: Teen Ministry in Action (3-Session Training)
This course will offer insight into teen spiritual development, community, program structure, and how to empower our teens as they continue their spiritual growth and develop and express their identity as spiritual beings. Each session will provide practical tools for creating and sustaining your teen ministry program.

Complete the following Self-Directed MicroLearning

Creating a Healthy Brain-Based Learning Environment
This self-paced mini-training is an interactive exploration on how to recognize the three structures or states of the triune brain and to develop simple strategies that will assist in creating a healthy brain-based classroom environment for children and teens. 

The Sunday Morning Experience
Our Sunday morning youth ministry programs are designed using Unity’s A Living Curriculum philosophy, which seeks to draw the lesson from the learner through experiences, stories and creative expression. During this time of social distancing and virtual meetings, we have many new experiences to draw from. This training will explore how to create lessons that engage those attending an onsite and/or an online YFM program.

Using Multiple Intelligence to Engage Learners
This self-directed training shares information about using multiple intelligence to engage learners in a way that taps into the unique strengths and learning preferences of each individual. Also included are activites for each intelligence that can be used in a classroom setting. There is a self-assement at the end in order to test knowledge.

Complete the following 10 Spiritual Education & Enrichment (SEE) Courses

  • SCS 100  Overview Hebrew Scriptures
  • SCS 110  Overview Christian Scriptures
  • SCS120   Jesus Teachings
  • SPD 100  Unity Prayer
  • SPD 105  Meditation Practices
  • HTS 125  Twelve Powers
  • HTS 100  Foundations of Unity
  • HTS 140  History of New Thought & Unity
  • 2 of the 4 Metaphysics Courses
    • HTS 105  Metaphysics 1
    • HTS 110  Metaphysics 2
    • HTS 115  Metaphysics 3
    • HTS 120  Metaphysics 4

Additional Requirements

  • Have two years teaching experience in Unity youth ministry
  • Recommendations from Minister, YFM Director or Board Member, Person of Your Choice
  • Background Check
  • Observation and evaluation during the teaching of a children's or class

Getting Started

To begin the CSE program, contact the CSE corrdinator at Unity Worldwide Ministries, Diane Venzera, for an enrollment application or for more information. You can also download the the information here:


Licensed Unity Teacher Specializing in Youth and Family Ministry (LUT)

Licensed Unity Teacher is a spiritual course of study and licensure. It builds upon the CSE program, adding the administrative and pastoral care components for leadership in youth and family ministry, as well as deepening one’s understanding in Unity principles and teachings.


Ordained Youth and Family Minister
  • Complete the Certified Spiritual Educator Program
  • Then complete the Field Path.