Course of Study

Contact: cos@united.edu

Course of Study School of Ohio

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 Course of Study and the Advanced Course of Study. United, as an Extension of the Course of Study School of Ohio (COSSO), offers the Course of Study as a hybrid curriculum, with coursework completed both online and on-campus. United also offers the Advanced Course of Study, called Basic Graduate Theological Studies (BGTS).

As an Extension School, United’s Hybrid COS Program will serve only part-time local pastors and will offer 12 courses per year.

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 http://www.cosohio.org/.

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. 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!

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


COS Application and Registration

COS Class Registration is now done online through our Student Portal. You will need credentials to login to the portal.

New Students: If you are a new student to United’s Hybrid COS program you must first apply using the “Start COS Application” button. It is found in the upper right hand corner of this page. After applying and being confirmed you will receive a United email account and credentials to our student portal and instructions on how to proceed with registration.

Returning Students: If you are a returning student then you have already applied to the program and your student information is already in our system. If you have not already received your United email account and student portal credentials, contact the COS Coordinator at cos@united.edu and request them to be sent to you.

Registration Periods

Winter 2017 – Registration opens 10/24/2016 and closes 12/6/2016
Spring 2017 – Registration opens 12/7/2017 and closes 2/10/2017
Summer 2017 – Registration opens 2/11/2017 and closes 5/16/2017
Fall 2017 – Registration opens 5/17/2017 and closes 9/6/2017


Course Lists

2018 Course List

Winter 2018

Course Course Begins Course Ends Faculty In-Person, On-Campus Dates Registration Deadline Registration Opens
Winter 2018
123-Formation & Discipleship 1/5/2018 2/17/2018 Dan Gildner Jan. 5-6 2018 12/5/2017 9/7/2017
222-Theological Heritage II: Early Church 1/5/2018 2/17/2018 TBA Jan. 5-6 2018 12/5/2017 9/7/2017
321-Bible III: Gospels 1/5/2018 2/17/2018 TBA Jan. 5-6 2018 12/5/2017 9/7/2017

Spring 2018

Course Course Begins Course Ends Faculty In-Person, On-Campus Dates Registration Deadline Registration Opens
Spring 2018
124-Transformative Leadership 3/9/2018 4/28/2018 Dan Gildner Mar. 9-10, 2018 2/9/2018 12/6/2017
424-Ethics 3/9/2018 4/28/2018 Luther Oconer Mar. 9-10, 2018 2/9/2018 12/6/2017
524-Theological Reflection: Practice of Ministry 3/9/2018 4/28/2018 Justus Hunter Mar. 9-10, 2018 2/9/2018 12/6/2017

Summer 2018

Course Course Begins Course Ends Faculty In-Person, On-Campus Dates Registration Deadline Registration Opens
Summer 2018
121-Bible 1: Introduction 5/4/2018 6/16/2018 June 15-16, 2018 4/4/2018 2/10/2018
322-Theological Heritage III: Medieval-Reformation 6/15/2018 7/28/2018 June 15-16, 2018 5/15/2018 2/10/2018
521-Bible V: Acts, Epistles and Revelation 6/15/2018 7/28/2018 June 15-16, 2018 5/15/2018 2/10/2018

Fall 2018

Course Course Begins Course Ends Faculty In-Person, On-Campus Dates Registration Deadline Registration Opens
Fall 2018
122-Theological Heritage 1: Introduction 10/5/2018 11/17/2018 Oct. 5-6, 2018 9/5/2018 5/16/2018
224-Administration and Polity 10/5/2018 11/17/2018 Oct. 5-6, 2018 9/5/2018 5/16/2018
421-Bible IV: Prophets, Psalms and Wisdom Literature 10/5/2018 11/17/2018 Oct. 5-6, 2018 9/5/2018 5/16/2018

2017 Course List

Winter 2017

Course Course Begins Course Ends Faculty In-Person, On-Campus Dates Registration Deadline Registration Opens
Winter 2017
122-Theological Heritage I: Introduction 1/6/2017 2/18/2017 Scott Kisker Jan. 6-7, 2017 12/6/2016 10/24/2016
221-Bible II: Torah & Israel’s History 1/6/2017 2/18/2017 Tom Dozeman Jan. 6-7, 2017 12/6/2016 10/24/2016
323-Congregational Care 1/6/2017 2/18/2017 Bridget Weatherspoon Jan. 6-7, 2017 12/6/2016 10/24/2016

Spring 2017

Course Course Begins Course Ends Faculty In-Person, On-Campus Dates Registration Deadline Registration Opens
Spring 2017
123-Formation & Discipleship 3/10/2017 4/29/2017 Dan Gildner Mar. 10-11, 2017 2/10/2017 12/7/2016
422-Theo Heritage IV: Wesleyan Movement 3/10/2017 4/29/2017 Luther Oconer Mar. 10-11, 2017 2/10/2017 12/7/2016
522-Theology in the Contemporary Church 3/10/2017 4/29/2017 Justus Hunter Mar. 10-11, 2017 2/10/2017 12/7/2016

Summer 2017

Course Course Begins Course Ends Faculty In-Person, On-Campus Dates Registration Deadline Registration Opens
Summer 2017
124-Transformative Leadership 6/16/2017 7/29/2017 June 16-17, 2017 5/16/2017 2/11/2017
223-Worship & Sacraments 5/5/2017 6/17/2017 June 16-17, 2017 4/5/2017 2/11/2017
324-Preaching 5/5/2017 6/17/2017 June 16-17, 2017 4/5/2017 2/11/2017

Fall 2017

Course Course Begins Course Ends Faculty In-Person, On-Campus Dates Registration Deadline Registration Opens
Fall 2017
121-Bible I: Introduction 8/25/2017 10/7/2017 Breidenstein Oct. 6-7, 2017 7/25/2017 5/17/2017
423-Mission 10/6/2017 11/18/2017 Hanover Oct. 6-7, 2017 9/6/2017 5/17/2017
523-Evangelism 10/6/2017 11/18/2017 Kisker Oct. 6-7, 2017 9/6/2017 5/17/2017

 

Booklists and Syllabi

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

Academic Year: 2017

Winter 2017

COURSE BOOKLIST SYLLABI
122-Theological Heritage I: Introduction (Kisker) UNAVAILABLE DOWNLOAD
221-Bible II: Torah & Israel’s History (Dozeman) UNAVAILABLE DOWNLOAD
323-Congregational Care (Weatherspoon) UNAVAILABLE DOWNLOAD

Spring 2017

COURSE BOOKLIST SYLLABI
123-Formation & Discipleship (Gildner) UNAVAILABLE DOWNLOAD
422-Theological Heritage IV: Wesleyan Movement (Oconer) UNAVAILABLE DOWNLOAD
522-Theology in the Contemporary Church (Hunter) UNAVAILABLE DOWNLOAD

Summer 2017

COURSE BOOKLIST SYLLABI
124-Transformative Leadership (Gildner) UNAVAILABLE DOWNLOAD
223-Worship & Sacraments (Hanover) UNAVAILABLE DOWNLOAD
324-Preaching (Risler) UNAVAILABLE DOWNLOAD

Fall 2017

COURSE BOOKLIST SYLLABI
121-Bible I: Introduction (Breidenstein) UNAVAILABLE DOWNLOAD
423-Mission UNAVAILABLE DOWNLOAD
523-Evangelism UNAVAILABLE DOWNLOAD

Registration Fee: $30 per course
NON-REFUNDABLE/NON-TRANSFERABLE

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