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 Teacher can be found below.
- Complete Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute’s Spiritual Development Program. (see specfic courses below)
- 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 UWM 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
Spiritual Development Courses
Overview: Hebrew Scriptures Bible Interpretation: Hebrew Scriptures
Overview: Christian Scriptures Bible Interpretation: Acts - Revelation
Jesus’ Teachings The Christ
Foundations of Unity (new combined course) Metaphysics 1
Healing and Wholeness (new combined course) Metaphysics 2
History of New Thought and Unity (new combined course) Metaphysics 3
Twelve Powers Metaphysics 4
Conversation Skills (new course) The I of the Storm
Discerning Your Purpose (new course) Self-Awareness (new course)
Meditation Practices Self-Care (new course)
Prosperity Unity Prayer
*Important Note Regarding New or Combined Courses: No student will lose credits. Credit concerns will be considered and worked with on an individual basis.
Letter of Intent
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:
- 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 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 Packet. The deadlines of the completed packet are the following:
Students who have completed the Spiritual Development Program and are working with Unity Worldwide Ministries' Credentialing staff may enter this 12-course program in preparation to become a licensed Unity teacher (LUT) or Unity minister. Note: The these courses are only taught during three separate on-campus sessions held at Unity Village, MO.
LUT Path Intensive Session 1
Advanced Bible Study
Art of Teaching I
Ministry Leadership & Polity
LUT Path Intensive Session 2
Art of Teaching II
LUT Path Intensive Session 3
Art of Teaching III
Prayer & Spiritual Support
Praying as a Unity Leader
Certificate of Completion - LUT candidates will receive a certificate upon successful completion* of their final session of the LUT Path Intensive.
*Upon receipt of final grades from the Session 3 instructors.
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 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 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 $565 USD per student.
2019 Psychological Evaluation Schedule
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 with hand written signatures and e-mailed to Credentialing Coordinator, Rev Lynn O'Dell, at LOdell@unity.orgor mailed to:
Unity Worldwide Ministries
Attn: Credentialing Department
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 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 Credentialing Coordinator, Rev Lynn O'Dell at LOdell@unity.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 Chris Gannan 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 to cover the cost of the psychological evaluation and background check.
This payment should accompany the entire packet which is found in the below link:
2019 SDS Dates
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.
Rev Lynn O'Dell, UWM Credentialing Coordinator, can be reached at 816.434.6843 and at LOdell@unity.org.
Chris Gannan, UWSI Registrar, can be reached at 816.434.6872 and at CGannan@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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 SEE personnel at Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute, 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 Licensed Teacher booklet.
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