COS Information

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

Download the Registration form for July Intensive term 2014 here.

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

Before you start:

  1. Register for the courses you are working on.
  2. Obtained all the required signatures – including your DS and the conference registrar.
  3. Enclosed the $35.00 non-refundable registration fee per course and mailed it to: Sara Sheppard, Course of Study, 4500 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016.
  4. Order books and make sure you understand the pre-course assignment, found below by term.

Purchase Books

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:

  • 2012 Book of Discipline
  • 2012 Book for Resolutions
  • UM Hymnal
  • UM Book of Worship

 

Term One Pre-Course Assignments

Course No. Time Course Title Faculty
CS-112 8:00am Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit Ellis Larsen
CS-114 1:30pm Pastoral Leadership and Administration Chip Wright
CS-213 8:00am Formation for Discipleship Joe Bush
CS-212 1:30pm Theological Heritage: Early Church Charles Harrell
CS-314 8:00am Pastoral Care and Counseling
This course study guide has been updated 12/18/13
Michael Koppel
CS-311 1:30pm New Testament 1 Mark Schaefer
CS-411 8:00am Hebrew Bible 2 Becky Wright
CS-414 1:30pm Personal and Social Ethics Joe Bush
CS-512 8:00am Contemporary Theology Jim Noland
CS-514 1:30pm Theology of the Practice of Ministry Steve Rettenmayer

Questions about the assignments should be directed to the faculty.  Click on their name above to open an e-mail window.

Term Two Pre-Course Assignments

Course No. Time Course Title Faculty
CS-111 8:00am The Pastor as Interpreter of the Bible Becky Wright
CS-113 1:30pm Pastoral Care for Spritual Formation Michael Koppel
CS-211 8:00am Hebrew Bible 1 Pat MacNicoll
CS-214 1:30pm Practice of Preaching Larry Buxton/Asa Lee
CS-313 8:00am Our Mission: Evangelism Doug Powe
CS-312 1:30pm Theological Heritage: Reformation Jonathan Dodrill
CS-412 8:00am Wesleyan Movement Robert Kohler
CS-413 1:30pm Worship and Sacraments Carol Cook-Moore
CS-513 8:00am Our Mission: Transforming Agent Doug Tzan
Cs-511 1:30pm New Testment 2 updated 11/9/2013 Jamie Coles

Questions about the assignments should be directed to the faculty.  Click on their name above to open an email window.

Advance COS

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:

  • Local pastors interested in advance work should complete a seminary application for admission indicating their program as Special Student. Course work must be taken for academic credit. click Apply Now! to begin the process.
  • Once admitted, students should enroll in classes along with regular MDiv students. Wesley offers summer school class in an intensive format of one or two weeks as well as regular 14 week semesters. Summer course schedules are usually published in February and are available here.

Registration will begins in April of each year. Questions? Contact Sara Sheppard at 202-885-8688.

Course Schedule and Important Dates

Important Dates:

  • Registration forms due April 1
  • Program begins the Monday after the Fourth of July (Check the brochure for exact dates)
  • Graduation and Conference Registrar Day the evening before the last day of class

For 2014:

Term 1: July 7 - July 17, 2014

Term 2: July 21 - July 31, 2014

Graduation: Wednesday July 30, 2014 at Metropolitan Memorial UMC

Curriculum Revision Information

Basic Five Year Curriculum

Revised Course Descriptions

Curriculum Conversion Grid

2015 Summer July Intensive Class Schedule (draft schedule for informational purposes only)

Program Guide: This document will assist those of you already taking courses under the current curriculum.

Five Year Course Schedule Projection (coming soon)

Weekend Course of Study registration information and deadlines are located on the Weekend page. Click here.

 


New Curriculum

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.


Paper policy:  We have made changes to the process for turning in your pre-course assignment.   Students in years 2-5 (200-500 level courses) will have one assignment (approx ten double spaced pages) due June 1 and a second assignment of a similar length due the first day of class.  Please schedule time each week to work on your pre-course assignments.  If you are able to do this you will have the opportunity to come to DC next summer and enjoy some sabbath time with us.  Please let Sara Sheppard or Doug Powe know if we can help you in any way.
 
Students enrolled in first year courses (100 level) should turn in pre-course work on the first day of class directly to the professor. Papers turned in on the first day of class for all other years through the last day of class will receive a reduction in grade.  No papers will be accepted after the last day of class.  No exceptions. 

 

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