Alabama Course of Study School

Due to concerns with COVID19, face-to-face classes for the Summer 2020 Session have been cancelled.  Our plans are to resume face-to-face classes with our Fall 2020 Session. We will update you  as information becomes available.

We have scheduled some of the classes from our Summer Schedule in an online format.  COS 322 – Theological Heritage III; COS 421 – Bible IV; Prophets, Psalms and Wisdom Literature; COS 522 – Theology in the Contemporary Church.  Because of the GBHEM mandate described below, we have added COS 121 to the Summer online format.  These classes will be held in July and August.  The syllabi for these classes can be downloaded below.                                      Registration form: Summer Registration

Syllabi download: 121, 322, 421, 522 (NOTE: 522 has been revised 16 Jun 2020)

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.

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:





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:

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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