Spring 2021 Online Classes
The Alabama Course of Study School educates part-time local pastors in The United Methodist Church. The Alabama Course of Study School is sponsored jointly by the North Alabama and the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church with campuses at Birmingham-Southern and Huntingdon Colleges. The Alabama Course of Study School is an extension of Emory Course of Study School. The General Board of Higher Education & Ministry in Nashville is the governing body for all Course of Study programs.
Please carefully read the following information:
Registration: Please register early to guarantee your enrollment and give yourself adequate time to complete PreCourse assignments. Online registration and credit card payment is available by clicking the blue button below. You may download and print the registration form below and and mail with a check for your $75.00 registration fee (made payable to the North Alabama Conference) to the address at the bottom of the registration form.
Online Classes: For Online Classes, students will need a computer(with a webcam and microphone), reliable access to the internet, and an active email address. Classes will either use the Moodle Learning Management System for distance learning or will be by ZOOM meetings. You may be asked to watch videos and respond by posting a blog. If you are not familiar with online classes, the ALCOS staff and the professors will assist you. Contact Jim Ryan --firstname.lastname@example.org for computer technical support.
Schedule and Syllabi: Classes and faculty for the Spring 2021 Session are listed below. The syllabi for each class can be accessesd by clicking on the blue syllabus link. It is the responsibility of the student to read the syllabus carefully and contact the professor prior to the opening session. You will be uploaded to the Moodle System and will receive a password for you to login. Attendance is required at all ZOOM meetings; so, mark all meeting dates on your calendar.
Students are required to purchase textbooks and prepare textbooks and prepare reading and written assignments as specified in the course syllabus. Be sure to note due dates on all assignments and follow all instructions for submitting the work to the professor.
Cover Sheet for Assignments: Click here
Contact Information: Please direct registration and other questions to the ALCOS Registrar, Peggy Ryan -- email@example.com -- 256-747-3329.
COS 121 - Bible I: Introduction taught by Rev. Robin Wilson - Course Syllabus
COS 223 - Worship & Sacraments taught by Rev. Nancy Hastings Hornsby - Course Syllabus CLASS IS FULL
COS 322 - Theological Heritage III: Medieval through the Reformation taught by Rev. Roger Short -Course Syllabus
COS 421 - Bible IV: Prophets, Psalms and Wisdom Literature taught by Rev. Dr. Drew Holland - Course Syllabus
COS 524 - Theological Reflection on the Practice of Ministry taught by Rev. Dr. Stephen Sours - Course Syllabus
ALCOS reserves the right to cancel a course due to insufficient enrollment or to change instructors.
PLEASE NOTE – VERY IMPORTANT: GBHEM has mandated that COS 121 – Bible I: Introduction and COS 122 – Theological Heritage I: Introduction will be prerequisites for enrollment in any other Course of Study class. These classes are foundation courses that provide basic instruction and a shared language for Biblical interpretation and theological reflection in the United Methodist beliefs. These courses help to prepare students for the upper level coursework that is required in the COS curriculum.
The Alabama Course of Study School educates part-time local pastors in The United Methodist Church. The Alabama Course of Study School is sponsored jointly by the North Alabama and the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church with campuses at Birmingham-Southern and Huntingdon Colleges. The Alabama Course of Study School is an extension of Emory Course of Study School. The General Board of Higher Education & Ministry in Nashville is the governing body for all Course of Study programs. GBHEM.org
Our classes are held on weekends, Friday evening and all-day Saturday. Each course covers 20 classroom hours over two weekends, usually 4 weeks apart. Alabama COS classes are usually held on the campuses of our two United Methodist related colleges- Huntingdon College in Montgomery and Birmingham- Southern College in Birmingham.
Our students are all part-time local pastors serving United Methodist Churches. Most are from the Alabama-West Florida and the North Alabama Conferences although we draw and welcome students from other conferences as well. Most of our students are bi-vocational, working at secular jobs while serving churches. Most of our students serve small membership churches while some serve in associate pastor positions at larger churches.
Course of Study classes include both class time with an instructor and course assignments to be completed outside the classroom. Click here to meet our faculty. Please allow time to order books to read and complete the work assignments before the first session. A syllabus for each class can be downloaded from this website and from our Facebook page. Please scroll down the right-hand side of the website for information including class schedules, registering, syllabi for course assignments, ALCOS policies and other valuable information.
The Director of our Alabama Course of Study is the Rev. Alecia Curtis Glaize. She is a Deacon in Full Connection in the AWF Conference with a background in Christian Education. She is married to Rev. Dr. Ed Glaize, an Elder in the AWF Conference and current Dothan District Superintendent. Alecia works out of her home in Dothan. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
The Registrar/ Administrative Assistant for the Alabama Course of Study is Mrs. Peggy Ryan. She is a life-long Methodist and served as church administrator for FUMC Cullman for many years. Peggy also worked for over 21 years with the AP&EA, the trade organization for the poultry and egg industry in Alabama. Peggy maintains the ALCOS office at St Andrews UMC, 615 Main Ave SW, Cullman, Al 35055. Office Phone/cell 256-747-3329, Email: email@example.com
Jim Ryan (Peggy's husband) maintains our web presence and Facebook page and supports ALCOS in many other ways. His background is in Religious Education and he worked in finance and accounting for many years. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org