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Regional, Extension, & Online Course of Study Schools

Regional Course of Study Schools

Regional Course of Study Schools are established by the Division of Ordained Ministry at locations central to student populations, taking into consideration such factors as availability of United Methodist theological school faculty, library resources, dormitory space, the density of student populations, etc. Full-time local pastors must attend one of these approved Regional Course of Study Schools.

*Please visit the Regional COS School website for information regarding COS Satellite or COS Hybrid locations.

North Central Jurisdiction Course of Study Regional Schools

COS School of Ohio

Director: Dr. Joon-Sik Park
School Phone: 740/362-3120
School Email: gwallace@mtso.edu
Website: https://cosohio.org

Garrett COS

Director: Dr. Lisl Heymans Paul
School Phone: 847/866-3942
School Email: cos@garrett.edu
Website: https://www.garrett.edu/COS

Northeastern Jurisdiction Course of Study Regional School

Wesley COS*

Co-Director: Rev. Dr. Douglas Tzan
Co-Director: Sara Sheppard
School Phone: 202/885-8600
School Email: ssheppard@wesleyseminary.edu
Website: http://www.wesleyseminary.edu/course-of-study-current-students/


South Central Jurisdiction Course of Study Regional Schools

Perkins COS*

Director: Dr. Hugo Magallanes
School Phone: 214/768-2222
School Email: mhernandezprobus@smu.edu
Website: https://www.smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/COSS

Saint Paul COS*

Director: Rev. Dr Lucas Endicott
School Phone: 913/253-5000
School Email: lucas.endicott@spst.edu
Website: https://www.spst.edu/COS


Southeastern Jurisdiction Course of Study Regional Schools

Duke COS

Director: Rev. Rhonda Parker
School Phone: 919/613-5326
School Email: bcampbell@div.duke.edu
Website: https://divinity.duke.edu/events/course-of-study

Emory COS*

Director: Rev. Dr. Anne Burkholder
Assistant Director: Amy Walker
School Phone: 404/727-4587
School Email: awalke8@emory.edu
Website: http://candler.emory.edu/programs-resources/course-study/index.html

Western Jurisdiction Course of Study School

Western Jurisdiction COS

Sponsored by the Claremont School of Theology
Director: Rev. Dr. Faith Conklin
School Phone: 619/647-7163
School Email: ruth.ketchum@cst.edu
Website: https://localpastors.org


Extension Course of Study Schools

Some local pastors serve churches on a part-time basis. They may be bi-vocational and unable to attend a Regional Course of Study School. In such cases, where numbers make it sustainable, the Division of Ordained Ministry authorizes a Regional School to have an extension site. These classes are available in a weekend format.

North Central Jurisdiction Course of Study Extension Schools

Illinois Great River Extension COS

Director: Rev. Kenneth Hutchens
School Phone: 217/390-1566
School Email: brokenhutchens@gmail.com
Website: www.igrc.org/cos

Indiana Extension COS

Director: Rev. Dr. Britt Leslie
School Phone: 219/201‐1623
School Email: localpastors@inumc.org
Website: https://www.inumc.org/ministerial-services/clergy-leadership-development/education/course-of-study/

Native American Extension COS

Director: Rev. Dr. Jerome DeVine
School Phone: 810/730-5304
School Email: info@nacosumc.org
Website: https://www.nacosumc.org/

United Extension COS

Director: Rev. Dr. Peter Bellini
School Phone: 937/529-2201
School Email: tsears@united.edu
Website: https://united.edu/course-of-study/

Upper Midwest Extension COS

Acting Director: Rev. Dr. Dennis Tevis
School Phone: 319/572‐1940
School Email: gtevis@aol.com
Website: https://www.iaumc.org/UMECOS

West Virginia Extension COS

Director: Rev. Gregory Markins
School Phone: 681/ 235-2572
School Email: greg.markins@gmail.com
Website: https://coswv.org

South Central Jurisdiction Course of Study Extension Schools

Arkansas Extension COS

Director: Rev. Dr. Michelle Morris
School Phone: 501/324‐8033
School Email: nmeredith@arumc.org
Website: http://arumc.org/course-of-study-school/

North Texas Extension COS

Director: Rev. Dyan Dietz
School Phone: 972/526-5000
School Email: ntcecoss@gmail.com
Website: https://ntcumc.org/board-of-ordained-ministry/licensed-ministry/course-of-study

Texas Extension COS

Co-Director: Rev. Dr. Rita Sims 
            Email: rilosi2003@yahoo.com
Co-Director: Rev. Dr. Francis Guidry
            Email: pastorfew.guidry03@gmail.com


Southeastern Jurisdiction Course of Study Extension Schools

Alabama Extension COS

Registrar: Peggy Ryan
School Phone: 256/747‐3329
School Email: alcosregistrar@aol.com
Website: https://www.umcna.org/alcosumc

ALPS/MEM/TN/HOL Extension COS

Director: Dr. Barbara Nye
School Phone: 615/289‐4332
School Email: alpsmthcos@gmail.com
Website: www.alpsumc.org

Mississippi Extension COS

Director: Rev. Sherry Johnson
School Phone: 601/974‐1488
School Email: ministry@millsaps.edu
Website: http://www.centerforministry.com/mscourse‐of‐study.html


Non English Course of Study Schools

North Central Jurisdiction Course of Study Regional Schools

Garrett COS

Director: Dr. Lisl Heymans Paul
School Phone: 847/866-3942
School Email: cos@garrett.edu
Website: https://www.garrett.edu/COS

 

Perkins COS

Director: Dr. Hugo Magallanes
School Phone: 214/768-2222
School Email: mhernandezprobus@smu.edu
Website: https://www.smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/COSS

Online Course of Study School

Some pastors have schedules that may not be conducive to residential or hybrid course participation. While you can not complete Course of Study fully online, many of the courses are available virtually every term.

GBHEM Online COS

School Email: cos@gbhem.org
Website: https://www.gbhem.org/clergy/licensing-course-of-study/

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