The Certified Student Affairs Educator-College Unions (CSAEd-CU) credential is designed exclusively for college unions specialists who are mid-level and above, as well as student affairs educators looking to transition into college unions specialist and senior-level roles.
Developed by ACUI subject matter experts and built upon the foundation of the core student affairs educator certification (CSAEd), it is a specialty credential for demonstrating continuous learning, competency, and knowledge in established domains which are essential to success in the complex and evolving landscape of college unions work.
The college unions certification was built upon the foundation of the core student affairs educator certification content. The core student affairs educator certification (CSAEd) is then a required prerequisite to obtain and maintain this specialty certification. Eligible individuals may concurrently apply for the core CSAEd and CSAEd-CU specialty credentials. Certificants currently holding the core CSAEd credential may also apply for the CSAEd-CU speciality certification at a separate, later date.
- Educators with a master’s degree and five years of student affairs/services work experience; educators whose highest degree earned is a bachelor's or an associate's and seven years of student affairs/services work experience.
- Eligibility requirements are the same for both core and speciality student affairs educator certifications. The core certification is a prerequisite for all specialties.
- Click here for detailed eligibility requirements.
Maintaining Certification and Recertification
Certification includes demonstrating competencies and knowledge in established domains, as well as dedication to ongoing learning and commitment to ethical practice. Student affairs work both generally and within college unions is complex and regularly changing. CSAEd-CU credential holders are expected to engage in continuing education about new and emerging trends in the profession. Recertification occurs every five years. It involves demonstrating the minimal amount of core and specialty area continuing education credits and ethical practice. Full details on certification maintenance and recertification are available here.