Alabama Course of Study School

Part-time Local Pastors under Appointment

The Alabama Course of Study School educates part-time local pastors in The United Methodist Church. Full-time local pastors must attend Course of Study classes with a Regional School, i.e., Emory, Duke, etc. 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 and 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.

Prerequisite Classes:  COS 121 - Bible I: Introduction and COS 122 - Theological Heritage I:  Introduction are prerequisite classes and must be taken before you can register for any other class.  The other Bible and Theology classes must be taken in order.  The remaining classes need to be taken according to the Course of Study Basic Five-Year Curriculum chart.  Click here.

Summer 2022 Online Classes

July 16 – August 28

Registration opens: May 6

Registration closes:  June 27

(Specific dates and times for each class will be listed in the syllabus.)

(Book List and Syllabus will be uploaded as we receive them from the instructor)

            COS 124 – Transformative Leadership taught by Rev. Dr. Ed Glaize -                                             (Syllabus)

COS 222 – Theological Heritage II:  Early Church taught by Rev. Roger Short                     (Syllabus)

COS 323 – Congregational Care taught by Rev. Herb Robertson --                                    (Syllabus)

COS 421 - Bible IV:  Prophets, Psalms and Wisdom Literature taught by                             Rev. Dr. Drew Holland –(Syllabus)

COS 522 – Theology in the Contemporary Church taught by Rev. Dr. Drew                          Holland --(Syllabus)

ALCOS reserves the right to cancel a course due to insufficient enrollment or to change instructors.

(Schedule and Information on the Fall 2022 Classes COMING SOON)

Please carefully read the following information:

Registration:   Enrollment in online classes is limited, so please register early to guarantee your spot and to give yourself adequate time to complete PreCourse assignments. Online registration with credit card payment is available by clicking the blue button below; or you may download and print the registration form below and mail with a check for your $75 registration fee (made payable to the North Alabama Conference) to the address at the bottom of the registration form.  

Before you register, make sure you meet the online/computer requirements and class prerequisite eligibility below.

Online Classes:  Classes for the Summer 2022 Session will be held online.  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 and/or ZOOM meetings.  If you are not familiar with online classes, the ALCOS staff and the professors will assist you.  Contact Jim Ryan at for computer technical support.

Schedule, Book List and Syllabi:    Classes and faculty for upcoming classes are listed below with a blue link to the class book list and syllabus.   It is the responsibility of the student to read the syllabus carefully, order textbooks and prepare PreCourse assignments. Students will be uploaded to the Moodle System and will receive a password to login. If you attended the Spring 2022 session, you are already loaded into Moodle and your password is the same.  The link to Zoom meetings will be emailed to you by the instructor or posted in Moodle.

Students are required to purchase textbooks and prepare reading and written assignments as specified in the course syllabus. Be sure to highlight due dates on the syllabus for all assignments and follow the instructions for submitting work to the professor.  Order your books from the Book List and begin reading now!

Attendance Policy:  Students must attend all Zoom meetings and participate in all Moodle videos, forums and assignments.  A student may miss one Zoom meeting due to illness or an emergency and still receive credit for the course; providing the absence is excused in writing by the instructor and ALCOS registrar.  A student missing more than four hours or for an unexcused absence shall not receive credit for the class.  Any missed assignments from the syllabus or Moodle must be made up and the students must view the recorded Zoom meeting.

Cancellations, "No-Shows" and Administrative Withdrawals:  A student's registration in a class indicates his/her commitment to take the course. Please take this commitment seriously.  If you have a pastoral, personal or family emergency need that requires you to cancel a class before it starts or to withdraw from a class after it begins, you must send a detailed email to the ALCOS Registrar, Peggy Ryan, stating your situation.  Your registration fee is not refundable or transferable; and you or your Annual Conference may be required to pay the $300 tuition for the class!

Registration form to be completed and mailed -  ALCOS Summer 2022 Registration

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PLEASE NOTE: 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 Registrar for the Alabama Course of Study is 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:

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:

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