Course of Study

Contact: cos@united.edu

COS

Course of Study (COS) is prescribed by the United Methodist Church for the education of persons serving as Local Pastors. The entire Course of Study begins with license school and continues with the 5-year Course of Study and the Advanced Course of Study. United offers the 5-year Course of Study, as a hybrid curriculum, as well as the Advanced Course of Study.

In order to maintain licensure, local pastors must be enrolled in the COS. Part-time local pastors must complete the COS within 12 years (2 courses per year); full-time local pastors within eight years (4 courses per year).

Established by the Division of Ordained Ministry of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, United Methodist Church, the Ohio regional programs are supported by United Theological Seminary and the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. For more information about this program, visit www.courseofstudyschoolofohio.com. See the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry website for courses required for the Five Year Course of Study.

All COSSO at United courses are transferable to other UMCOS programs.

Benefits to Choosing United for COS:

1. Hybrid COS School
The hybrid format means that one-half of each course is delivered online and you spend only one weekend on campus. You control the pace of your learning as you complete courses.

2. No Pre-Work
Online modules eliminate the need for pre-class assignments. In the hybrid model, assignments follow instruction.

3. User Friendly
Online modules allows course content to be delivered in flexible segments. If you don’t understand something in a lecture, you can repeat it a second or third time. If you are a “morning person,” you can “attend” the online sessions first thing in the morning. The lectures and online learning are still there for night-owls!

4. Lower Cost
Because you travel to campus only once per course, you save on housing costs, gas, and commuting time.


COS Registration

Online Registration is *NOT* yet available. Please do *NOT* use the “Apply Now” button in the top right corner of the page. Use the registration form found below. Hopefully Online Registration will be available in August of 2014.”
Registration Form

Registration Deadlines

Winter 2014 Nov 17, 2013
Spring 2014 Jan 21, 2014
Summer 2014 April 20, 2014
Fall 2014 July 19, 2014

Winter 2015 Dec 16, 2014
Spring 2015 Feb 20, 2015
Summer 2015 May 19, 2015
Fall 2015 TBD


Course Lists

2014 Course List

Winter 2014

TERM/Courses
Course Begins
Course Ends
Faculty
In-person, On-Campus Dates
Reg. Deadline
WINTER 2014
111-Pastor as Interpreter of Bible 1/17/14 3/1/14 Rychie Breidenstein Feb 28 & Mar 1, 2014 November 17, 2013
213-Formation for Discipleship 1/17/14 3/1/14 Jackie Nowak Jan 17 & 18, 2014 November 17, 2013
314-Pastoral Care/Counseling 1/17/14 3/1/14 Emma Justes Jan 17 & 18, 2014 November 17, 2013
411-Hebrew Bible II 1/17/14 3/1/14 Tom Dozeman Jan 17 & 18, 2014 November 17, 2013
514-Theology/Practice of Ministry 1/17/14 3/1/14 Jason Vickers Jan 17 & 18, 2014 November 17, 2013

Spring 2014

TERM/Courses
Course Begins
Course Ends
Faculty
(extra week for Easter)
In-person, On-Campus Dates
Reg. Deadline
112-Theology/Wesleyan Spirit 3/21/14 5/10/14 Charles Gutenson Mar 21 & 22, 2014 January 21, 2014
214-Practice of Preaching 3/21/14 5/10/14 Dick Eslinger May 9 & 10, 2014 January 21, 2014
311-New Testament I 3/21/14 5/10/14 Britt Leslie Mar 21 & 22, 2014 January 21, 2014
412-Theo Heritage/Wesleyan Mvmt 3/21/14 5/10/14 Luther Oconer Mar 21 & 22, 2014 January 21, 2014
513-Church Transforming Agent 3/21/14 5/10/14 Tom Hanover Mar 21 & 22, 2014 January 21, 2014

Summer 2014

COSSO – United
 
 
 
 
 
2014 Summer Course Schedule
TERM / Courses Course Begins Course Ends Faculty In-person, On-Campus Dates Registration Deadline
113-Pastoral Care/Spiritual Frmtn 6/20/14 8/2/14 Tom Hanover Jun 20 & 21, 2014 April 20, 2014
212-Theo Heritage: Early/Medieval 6/20/14 8/2/14 Adam Wirrig Jun 20 & 21, 2014 April 20, 2014
313-Our Mission: Evangelism 6/20/14 8/2/14 Tim Burden Jun 20 & 21, 2014 April 20, 2014
413-Worship & Sacraments 5/9/14 6/21/14 Rychie Breidenstein Jun 20 & 21, 2014 April 20, 2014
512-Contemporary Theology 6/20/14 8/2/14 Charles Gutenson Jun 20 & 21, 2014 April 20, 2014

Fall 2014

COSSO – United
 
 
 
 
 
2014 Fall Course Schedule
TERM / Courses Course Begins Course Ends Faculty In-person, On-Campus Dates Registration Deadline
FALL 2014
224-Administration and Polity (114-Pastoral Ldrship/Admin) 9/19/14 11/1/14 Tom Hanover Sep 19 & 20, 2014 July 19, 2014
221 – Bible II (211 – Hebrew Bible I) 9/19/14 11/1/14 Vanessa Ward Sep 19 & 20, 2014 July 19, 2014
322-Theological Heritage III (312-Theo Heritage/Reformation) 9/19/14 11/1/14 Scott Kisker Sep 19 & 20, 2014 July 19, 2014
424 – Ethics (414-Personal/Social Ethics) 9/19/14 11/1/14 Charles Gutenson Sep 19 & 20, 2014 July 19, 2014
521 – Bible V (511-New Testament II) 9/19/14 11/1/14 Britt Leslie Sep 19 & 20, 2014 July 19, 2014

2015 Course List

Winter 2015

TERM/Courses
Course Begins
Course Ends
Faculty
On-Campus Dates
Registration Deadline
WINTER 2015
124-Transformative Leadership (113-Pastoral Care) 1/16/15 2/28/15 Jan 16-17, 2015 12/16/14
222-Theological Heritage II: Early Church (212-Theological Heritage: Early / Medieval) 1/16/15 2/28/15 Jan 16-17, 2015 12/16/14
321-Bible III: Gospels (311-New Testament I) 1/16/15 2/28/15 Jan 16-17, 2015 12/16/14
422-Theological Heritage IV: Wesleyan Movement (412) 1/16/15 2/28/15 Jan 16-17, 2015 12/16/14
523-Evangelism (313-Our Mission: Evangelism) 1/16/15 2/28/15 Jan 16-17, 2015 12/16/14

Spring 2015

TERM/Courses
Course Begins
Course Ends
Faculty
On-Campus Dates
Registration Deadline
 
SPRING 2015 (Extra week for Easter)
122-Theological Heritage I: Introduction (112-Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit) 3/20/15 5/9/15 Mar 20-21, 2015 2/20/15
223-Worship & Sacrements (413) 3/20/15 5/9/15 May 8-9, 2015 2/20/15
323-Congregational Care (314-Pastoral Care and Counseling) 3/20/15 5/9/15 Mar 20-21, 2015 2/20/15
423-Mission (513-Our Mission: Church as Transforming Agent) 3/20/15 5/9/15 Mar 20-21, 2015 2/20/15
524-Theological Reflection: Practice of Ministry (514-Theology & Practice of Ministry) 3/20/15 5/9/15 Mar 20-21, 2015 2/20/15

Summer 2015

TERM/Courses
Course Begins
Course Ends
Faculty
On-Campus Dates
Registration Deadline
SUMMER 2015
123-Formation & Discipleship (213-Formation for Discipleship) 6/19/15 8/1/15 June 19-20, 2015 5/19/2015
224-Administration & Polity (114-Pastoral Leadership & Administration) 6/19/15 8/1/15 June 19-20, 2015 5/19/2015
322-Theological Heritage III: Medieval-Reformation (312) 6/19/15 8/1/15 June 19-20, 2015 5/19/15
421-Bible IV: Prophets, Psalms & Wisdom Lit (411-Hebrew Bible II – 311 Required) 6/19/15 8/1/15 June 19-20, 2015 5/19/2015
521-Bible V: Acts, Epistles & Revelation (511-New Testament II – 311 Required) 6/19/15 8/1/15 June 19-20, 2015 5/19/15

Fall 2015

TERM/Courses
Course Begins
Course Ends
Faculty
On-Campus Dates
Registration Deadline
FALL 2015
121-Bible I: Introduction (111 Pastor as the Interpreter of the Bible) 8/28/15 10/10/15 Oct 9-10, 2015 7/28/2015
221-Bible II: Torah & Israel’s History (211-Hebrew Bible I – *before 411/421) 10/9/15 11/21/15 Oct 9-10, 2015 9/9/2015
324-Preaching (214 Practice of Preaching) 8/28/15 10/10/15 Oct 9-10, 2015 7/28/2015
424-Ethics (414 Personal & Social Ethics) 10/9/15 11/21/15 Oct 9-10, 2015 9/9/2015

522-Theology in the Contemporary Church (512-Contemporary Theology) 10/9/15 11/21/15 Oct 9-10, 2015 9/9/2015

Booklists and Syllabi

Booklists and Syllabi are made available to the student 30 days prior to the start of class.

Academic Year: 2014

Spring Academic Year

Course Booklist Syllabi
112 – Theology/Wesleyan Spirit -Gutenson DOWNLOAD DOWNLOAD
214 – Practice of Preaching -Eslinger DOWNLOAD DOWNLOAD
311 – New Testament I Spring 2013 -Leslie DOWNLOAD DOWNLOAD
412 – Theo Heritage/Wesleyan Mvmt -Oconer DOWNLOAD UNAVAILABLE
513 – Church Transforming Agent -Hanover DOWNLOAD DOWNLOAD

Summer Academic Year

Course Booklist Syllabi
113 – Pastoral Care for Spiritual Formation -Hanover DOWNLOAD DOWNLOAD
212 – Our Theological Heritage: Early to Medieval -Wirrig DOWNLOAD DOWNLOAD
313 – Our Mission From God: Evangelism -Burden DOWNLOAD DOWNLOAD
413 – Worship and Sacraments -Breidenstein DOWNLOAD DOWNLOAD
512 – Contemporary Theology -Gutenson UNAVAILABLE DOWNLOAD

Fall Academic Year

Course Booklist Syllabi
224 – Administration and Polity (114-Pastoral Ldrship/Admin) -Hanover UNAVAILABLE UNAVAILABLE
221 – Bible II (221 – Hebrew Bible I) -Ward UNAVAILABLE UNAVAILABLE
322 – Theological Heritage III (312 – Theo Heritage/Reformation) -Kisker UNAVAILABLE UNAVAILABLE
424 – Ethics (414 – Personal/Social Ethics) -Gutenson UNAVAILABLE UNAVAILABLE
521 – Bible V (511 New Testmanent II) -Leslie UNAVAILABLE UNAVAILABLE

COS Fees

Registration Fee: $30 per course
NON-REFUNDABLE/NON-TRANSFERABLE
Must accompany registration form

Tuition: $270 per course (contact your Local Pastor Registrar for information on scholarship support)
Technology Fee: $60 per course

Writing Workshop Fee: $50 per course
Writing Coach Fee: $50 per course


COS Housing

For your one-night stay, United has negotiated special rates at a number of local hotels. See the Visitor Accommodations page for details.


Grades and Transcripts

Final grades for each class are due to the COS office no later than 30 days following the end of the class. Grade sheets will be sent to the student, the student’s Conference Local Pastor Registrar, GBHEM, and to MTSO. The COS office does not provide transcripts. Requests for official COS transcripts should be made to pfulton@gbhem.org


Writing Assistance

Has it been a while since you’ve had to write a paper? Want to brush up your writing skills? Having trouble just getting started? We can help!

Writing Workshops
Offered before the on-campus session, first Friday of each term only, a writing coach will offer a half-hour session to help you get started before the course term. Clear communication of your thoughts in writing, whether in an online forum or even on “virtual” paper is a must to succeed in the hybrid COS program.

Simply select “Option 1” on the registration form, and add the appropriate amount to your registration fee(s).

Writing Coach
Available throughout an entire course term

If you feel you need ongoing assistance, or the one-time workshop just isn’t enough, Dr. Bellini is also available as a personal writing coach. During the course of your class term, he can suggest ways to improve your writing, help firm up your footnote references and help organize your thoughts on any writing assignments. All coaching will be done online via e-mail and/or by telephone if desired.

Cost is $50.00 for the course term. Simply select “Option 2” on the registration form, and add the appropriate amount to your registration fee(s).