Summer Course of Study

Summer Course of Study

The Course of Study summer school meets at Candler School of Theology on Emory University's campus every July. Students have the opportunity to complete two classes per session. A typical day starts with class in the morning, followed by worship and a break, and then an afternoon class. While Summer School is a requirement for Full-Time Local Pastors (FTLP), Part-Time Local Pastors (PTLP) are encouraged to attend as well. By completing both sessions and taking four classes a FTLP will meet his or her yearly Book of Discipline requirements, and a PTLP can meet his or her requirement by attending one session and completing two courses.

Accommodations & Transportation

Summer school students have the opportunity to stay on campus in the graduate residential complex located on the Clairmont campus. The residential complex is fully accessible and students who indicate accessibility needs will be accommodated. Students can sign up for shared housing, private housing or family housing.

For students requesting shared housing, the residential complex offers two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments with fully equipped kitchens, however students need to bring their own cookware and dining set. Each apartment has a washer and dryer, and all bedrooms have a full-size bed, a desk and chair, and a dresser.

All students will have access to the campus shuttle system, which provides transportation between the residential complex and Candler. Alternatively, the campus is accessible via a pleasant walk through Lullwater Park. Transportation accommodations will be made for those with health conditions or accessibility needs, if indicated on the registration form.

Worship & Activities

While completing the academic work is a priority, students are invited to participate in daily worship services. Graduating students often preach at these services and coordinate aspects of the services, however, all students are invited to share their musical gifts, or serve as liturgists. On the last Friday of summer school, students, faculty, family, church members and other guests are invited to attend a special worship service celebrating the graduating class. 

Summer school students have access to the Student Activity and Academic Center (SAAC) located on the Clarimont Campus, which includes the fitness and aquatic centers. Students can register their families or guests directly with the SAAC for an additional fee. Students also have access to the Pitts Theological Library.

Policies and Procedures

The following polices and procedures are for Course of Study summer school only, however there are other polices and procedures that apply to Emory COS and ACOS programs, which can be found on the Policies and Procedures page. 

Registration Policy

Complete the appropriate summer registration form, including the course selection and housing option sections, then secure the signatures of your District Superintendent and the Board of Ordained Ministry Local Pastor Registrar for your Annual Conference. Signatures of both the DS and LPR, plus your signature, are required for registration and financial assistance.

Mail your completed registration form (with all the signatures) and payment ($150 for one session and $300 for two sessions) to the Course of Study office, no later than March 31. You will not be officially enrolled in COS until your registration paperwork and fees have been submitted and processed by the COS office. The registration deadline for summer school is March 31 every year. If you register after the March 31 deadline the registration fees increase to $200 for one session and $400 for two sessions.

If you select family or private housing you will need to pay those fees at summer check-in, in addition to any course fees that were not paid by the conference scholarship funding.

No matter when you register, your precourse work is due by May 1 to avoid a letter grade deduction, and no precourse work is accepted after June 20. Students who have not submitted precourse work for a class will be dropped from the class on June 21. 


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Cancellation & Attendance Policy

In the event that you cannot attend classes as planned, you must contact the Course of Study office at least five (5) business days before the beginning of the session 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 20 hours of each course to complete the course and 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 summer school.

Students are expected to attend every class session. All absences require an emailed excuse to the COS office and the faculty member teaching the class. 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 time shall not receive a grade for that class.


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Precourse Policy

In fairness to all students, the following policy will apply equally to all Summer Precourse assignments and students: 

All precourse work must be submitted to the Course of Study office via email no later than May 1.

Late work will be accepted only until June 20, subject to the following penalties:

    • Assignments received between May 2 and June 1 will receive a one-letter grade deduction
    • Assignments received between June 2 and June 20 will receive a two-letter grade deduction

No precourse assignments will be accepted after June 20 for students attending either Session A or B. Students will not be able to check in if precourse assignments were not submitted by the June 20 deadline. Students will be dropped from any course for which assignments have not been received. For students attending ONLY Session B, again no precourse materials will be accepted after June 20.

The same precourse policy applies to students that register late.


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Directions to Email Precourse Assignments

1.  Email precourse assignments to michelle.levan@emory.edu. Do not email instructors.

2.  Email must be received no later than 11:59 pm EST on the May 1 deadline.

  • The cut-off time is Eastern Standard Time, so email your assignments accordingly.
  • Precourse work received after May 1 at 11:59 pm EST will be subject to the following penalties:
    • Precourse work received between May 2 – June 1 will receive a one-letter grade deduction
    • Precourse work received between June 2 – June 20 will receive a two-letter grade deduction
    • You will be dropped from any course for which precourse work has not been received after June 20. No precourse work will be accepted at check-in.

3.  Make the course number and the phrase “precourse work” the subject of your email:  Example - Precourse Work 113

  • Send a separate email for each course you are registered to attend.

4.  Precourse work must be sent as an attached document and not in the body of the email.

  • Only Microsoft Word documents will be accepted; PDF and Mac-Pages documents will not be accepted.
  • Put all assignments for the course in one document; multiple documents will not be accepted.

5.  Include your full name, phone number and email address at the beginning of the email. See Example.

6.  Include the Plagiarism Policy and Plagiarism Defined statement.

  • The Plagiarism Policy and Plagiarism Defined paragraphs below must be included in the body of your email (both are below), not within your precourse work attachment. 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, verifying the date and time of 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.

Please note that if you do not follow the above procedure your precourse work WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


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"COS has been a wonderful experience. The teaching is exceptional and so are the students and staff. The connections and networking with other pastors is invaluable. I told the congregation last year, 'Although it is hard to be away from family and church family for four weeks, it is never a waste of my time.' "
-Ann Hatcher, Tennessee Conference