The Course of Study Program is a year-round experiential and classroom learning process for licensed Local Pastors of the United Methodist Church required by the 2012 Book of Discipline (¶ 602, 315) . The five year program meets in the summer and consists of two terms of two weeks each, with two classes taken per term. Course instructors include both full-time and adjunct faculty of Wesley Theological Seminary as well as clergy from around the surrounding area. Before attending the Course of Study, students will have at a minimum a high school diploma and have completed the license to preach school offered by their annual conference. Most students are also actively engaged in a congregational ministry setting. Weekend Course of Study is offered for part-time local pastors to assist them in completing the education requirements. Additional information about the program can be found on the website of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
Wesley Theological Seminary has put together a Course of Study Student handbook to assist students in completing the program and knowing the policies of the school. View it here.
Registration for July 2015 is now closed. Registration for July 2016 will open in August 2015 and is due no later than April 1, 2016.
The deadline to register for the July Intensive term is April 1. Students who complete licensing school after the deadline should contact Sara Sheppard. 202-885-8688
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Program calendar (coming in June)
Wesley now has a virtual bookstore. This is where you will find textbook lists and be able to order your books directly from Amazon. Required textbooks are listed in the syllabi or pre-course assignment posted on the website and on Blackboard
To access Wesley's e-bookstore, click here.
If you would like to order your books from Cokesbury, click here.
Note: The following hardback books are only available through Cokesbury. You may still purchase Kindle versions through Amazon:
Questions about the assignments should be directed to the faculty. Click on their name above to open an e-mail window. Pre-course assignments can be downloaded and printed off by clicking on the highlighted course name. We will continue to post assignments as they are received from faculty. All assignments are to be posted to Blackboard. Blackboard courses will be available beginning in March 2015. (updated 9/30/14)
Questions about the assignments should be directed to the faculty. Click on their name above to open an email window. Pre-course assignments can be downloaded and printed off by clicking on the highlighted course name. We will continue to post assignments as they are received from faculty. All assignments are to be posted to Blackboard. Blackboard courses will be available beginning in March 2015(updated 9/30/14)
Local pastors interested in completing the Advanced Course of Study need to complete a total of 32 semester hours of graduate theological studies or the equivalent as determined by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) in order to qualify for probationary or full conference membership. Advance work enables local pastors to meet the educational requirements for full conference membership and ordination as an elder. This work is done after a local pastor has completed the five year Basic Course of Study School.
A minimum of six semester hours of credit in United Methodist History, Doctrine and Polity are required for this curriculum. These courses are available through correspondence with the GBHEM, a University Senate approved seminary and on-line at Wesley Theological Seminary.
How to enroll in Advanced Course of Study at Wesley Theological Seminary:
Registration will begins in April of each year. Questions? Contact Sara Sheppard at 202-885-8688.
Term 1: July 6 - July 16, 2015
Term 2: July 20 - July 30, 2015
Graduation: Wednesday July 29, 2015 at Metropolitan Memorial UMC
Basic Five Year Curriculum
Revised Course Descriptions New course objectives and descriptions approved by the GBHEM which will go into effect August 2015.
Curriculum Conversion Grid to assist you in planning.
Program Guide: This document will assist those of you already taking courses under the current curriculum.
Five Year Course Schedule Projection
Weekend Course of Study registration information and deadlines are located on the Weekend page. Click here.
The GBHEM has approved a new curriculum for the COS Program. Click on these links to views the course descriptions, planning guide for students, program overview.
Using the new curriculum it is very important that you complete the course in order, so that all the 100s are finished before moving to the 200s, the 300s, and the 400s. You should complete all course in the 100, 200, 300, and 400 levels before beginning any 500 level courses.
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