Religious Education Credentialing Forms and Resources
Religious Education Credentialing Forms and Resources
Professional Development for Religious Educators

Please refer to the Religious Education (RE) Credentialing Program Plan (PDF, 56 Pages) for a program overview and details. 

The Religious Education Credentialing Committee (RECC) is a Standing Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). It is responsible for all aspects of the Religious Education Credentialing program. RECC Rules and Policies 

Note: Email is the primary communication tool for REC program candidates. 

If you have any questions or concerns as you navigate the credentialing process, please contact Professional Development Programs Manager at recredentialing [at] uua [dot] org.

Applying to the Religious Education Credentialing Program

If there is an impediment to your meeting any of these requirements, the RECC's Equivalencies Committee is available to consider all exceptions.

Complete the following and submit to recassistant [at] uua [dot] org (note: all application materials should be received within three weeks in order for application to proceed):

  1. Application Form Please not that the three levels are not sequential; you can start with Associate level OR Credentialed level.  
  2. Endorsement Form Ask two people to complete an Endorsement Form, one of whom should be your supervisor.
  3. Criminal Offense Disclosure Form (Word) (PDF, 2 pages)
  4. Current resume
  5. Statement of Readiness and Aspirations, a two-to-three page personal statement that includes:
    • what has brought you to this point in your professional career
    • a summary of your work, life, and academic experiences, and how you believe they have prepared you for your work in the RE Credentialing Program
    • why you wish to pursue recognition in the UUA Religious Education Credentialing Program
    • how you feel positioned for success in the RE Credentialing Program (e.g., adequate time and resources)
    • your aspirations as a religious education professional

Master Level Candidates Only

Annual Mentor/Candidate Status Check

Completing this form on an annual basis offers mentors and candidates the chance to assess their relationship: to affirm that it is a helpful, productive one; to bring to light any concerns about progress or about the mentoring relationship; and to consider whether a change of mentor may be in the best interest of the candidate. 

As you'll see below, one version of the form is to be filled out by the mentor and one by the candidate, in collaboration each other. An honest, constructive exchange is key to the success of this process.

Annual Mentor/Candidate Status Check - MENTOR Form

Annual Mentor/Candidate Status Check - CANDIDATE Form

Due annually on February 1st.

Completing the Religious Education Credentialing Program

Scheduling an Interview with the RE Credentialing Committee (RECC):

  • Submit the RECC Interview request form no later than ten months prior to the preferred interview date (but no more than one year in advance).  One-two sample portfolio competencies must be submitted when requesting an interview; email these to the Professional Development Programs Manager. 
  • Meeting dates and locations can be found on the RECC webpages.   

Materials required for completing the program:

All candidates must submit the following to recassistant [at] uua [dot] org (refer to the Program Plan for more detail):

  1. Portfolio – to demonstrate how you’ve applied your knowledge and skills in each of the competency areas. A sample portfolio can be found in the Resources section below. DUE FEB 1st
  2. (Master level only) Project or Paper DUE FEB 1st
  3. RE Credentialing Information Cover Sheet (Word) (PDF, 1 page) DUE MARCH 1st
  4. Self-Assessment of Competencies (Word) (PDF, 2 pages) DUE MARCH 1st
  5. Recommendation Form Note: this form is for candidates who are nearing completion of the RE Credentialing Program. If you are a new applicant, be sure to use the Endorsement Form in the section above. DUE MARCH 1st
  6. Photo DUE MARCH 1st
  7. Updated resume DUE MARCH 1st
  8. Resource list with Responses DUE MARCH 1st
  9. Reflective Essays DUE MARCH 1st
  10. Criminal Background check DUE MARCH 1st

Resources

  1. RECP Resource List 2019 (PDF, 37 pages) (Excel)
  2. Resource List Substitution Form 
  3. Competency grids: an optional tool intended to help you identify and organize the experiences and work products you would like to include in your portfolio.
  4. Sample Portfolios:

     5. Sample RECC Interview Questions (PDF 2 pgs)

For more information contact recredentialing@uua.org.

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