Saturday Course of Study

Saturday Course of Study

Saturday COS is designed specifically for part-time local pastors. All full-time local pastors must attend the summer program.

Saturday School meets in three modules throughout the year at the Candler School of Theology. Fall and Winter Saturday School courses meet three times from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm over a six-week period for the completion of one course. By attending both the Fall and Winter courses a student could complete the required two courses per-year. Our second module is the Spring Intensive Weekend, which meets from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday to complete one course. Finally, in conjunction with Summer School, we offer Summer Weekend which meet on Fridays from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm for two weekends in July. We do not offer on campus housing for any of these sessions, but will gladly provide local hotel information upon request. 

Worship is a vital part of our time together during Saturday School, thus we will begin with worship on the first day of class. During Winter and Fall Saturday School we will worship together a second time on the third Saturday and celebrate Holy Communion at 1:00 pm and then return to class until 5:00 pm. During the Spring Intensive we will start with worship on Friday morning and close our time together with worship on Sunday afternoon. During these services we celebrate the students who are completing their Course of Study or Advanced Course of Study program. Finally, if you are attending the Summer Weekend you are invited to worship with the summer community prior to the start of class on the second Friday. There are no scheduled worship services during the summer weekend courses. Visit the Saturday School Schedule and Precourse Assignments page for a full list of class offering, assignments, and dates.

Registration Policy

After completing the appropriate registration form, obtain the signatures of your District Superintendent and the Board of Ministry Local Pastor Registrar for your Annual Conference. Both signatures are necessary and required for registration and financial assistance. Mail your completed registration form (with the signatures) and payment to the Course of Study Office. You will officially be enrolled in COS when the registration paperwork and fees ($65 for Saturday/Summer Weekend and $100 Spring Intensive) have been submitted and processed by the COS Office. The Registration dates for each session are listed on the registration forms: Winter Saturday-December 15, Spring Intensive-April 1, Summer Weekend-May 1, Fall Saturday-August 15. If you register after the deadline there is a $20 late fees that will be applied to your registration costs.

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Cancellation Policy

In the event that you cannot attend classes as planned, you must contact the Course of Study School office at least 48 hours before the session begins for which you are registered. The registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. No credit hours will be earned for cancelled classes. Students must attend the entire course to be eligible to receive credit. Annual conferences will be charged the entire course fee for any student who begins a course, even if they do not complete the course. Annual conferences will not be charged for students who register and cancel prior to the start of the session.

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Attendance Policy

Each student is expected to attend every class session. All absences require an emailed excuse to the COS Office and the faculty member. Students are responsible for the materials covered and make up work may be assigned at the discretion of the instructor. Unexcused absences may lead to loss of credit or dismissal from the school. A student who misses more than twenty (20%) percent of the classroom work shall not receive a grade for that class. Students attending a Weekend Intensive course will not be eligible to receive credit if they miss any classroom hours.
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Directions to Email Precourse Assignments

Please read all the directions below before emailing your assignments to the COS Office, any emails received that do not follow the directions below will not be accepted. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt and if your email is not submitted correctly an email indicating you will need to resend your assignments.

1. Email only, do not email instructors precourse assignments.
2. Email must be received no later than 11:59 pm on the deadline on the stated deadline (see specific precourse assignments).
Please note that the cut off time is EASTERN STANDARD TIME zone, so email your assignments accordingly.
Any precourse work received after the 11:59 pm deadline indicated on the precourse work will be subject to a late penalty.
Precourse work received during the first 6 days after the deadline is 1 letter grade deduction.
Precourse work received 7 days or later after the deadline is 2 letter grade deductions.
You will be dropped from any course for which precourse work has not been received by the start of class.
Summer Weekend Precourse work must be received by June 20th to prevent being dropped from the course.
3. The course number and the phrase “precourse work” should be the subject of your email: Example - Precourse Work 113
4. Precourse work must be sent as an attached document and not in the body of the email.
Any version of Microsoft Word will be accepted; PDF and Mac-Pages documents will not be accepted.
All assignments for each course must be in one document, multiple documents are not acceptable. You should send only one attachment with all course assignments.
5. Your FULL name, phone number and email, should all be clearly included at the beginning of your email. See Example

6. Plagiarism Policy and Plagiarism Defined
The plagiarism Policy and Defined paragraphs below must be included in the body of your email (both are below), not within your precourse work. The inclusion of the policy and definition in the body of the email, verifies that you agree to it and your email will represent your signature (which is a requirement). If the email does not include the plagiarism policy and definition it will not be accepted. Your email, with the plagiarism policy and definition will be printed and used as the cover sheet for your precourse assignments, because it has the verification of date and time received, and your agreement to the plagiarism policy and definition.

Plagiarism Policy - I have read the plagiarism definition below and verify that this assignment represents my own work, except where credit is given.

Plagiarism Defined: “You plagiarize when, intentionally or not, you use someone else’s words or ideas but fail to credit that person, leading your readers to think that those words are yours. In all fields, you plagiarize when you use a source’s words or ideas without citing that source. In most fields, you plagiarize even when you do credit the source but use its exact words without using quotation marks or block indentation” (201-202). Booth, Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research, Second Edition. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2003.
7. If you do not follow the procedure your precourse work WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!

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