Alabama Course of Study School

  Peggy Ryan, Registrar and Jim Ryan, Computer Technician have resigned from the Alabama Course of Study effective December 31, 2022.

ALCOS Winter 2023 and Spring 2023 classes are being held in conjunction with the Emory Course of Study online classes.  Please visit their website:

For additional information email

Amy Walker, Assistant Director 

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The North Alabama and the Alabama West-Florida Conferences, sponsors of the Alabama Course of Study School, will make a decision soon regarding ongoing ALCOS classes.

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, GBHEM. 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.

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.

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