Extension Schools

The Course of Study School educates and trains local pastors in The United Methodist Church. Extension School are designed for part-time Local Pastors only who have met the following requirments: certified candidates for ordained ministry, completed the requirements for license as a local pastor, have been tested in language skills proficiency through a process determined by the annual conference, and received endorsement of the Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. Those serving as full-time Local Pastors must attend one of the eight Regional School programs located at a United Methodist School of Theology. 

The Five-Year Course of Study is a year-round experiential and classroom learning process. The process assumes cooperation between instructors in the Course of Study Schools and the clergy mentors in the annual conference. Courses are to be taken in sequence prescribed by the COS curriculum. Thus, students should complete the 100 level courses before taking the 200, 300, and 400 level courses.  All 100-400 level courses should be completed prior to a student registering for a 500 level course.

Emory's Course of Study Extension Schools and Satellite Programs are listed below. These programs offer weekend courses specifically designed for, and only offered to, part-time local pastors. Please call the contact persons for more details.

Alabama Course of Study School

The Alabama Course of Study School is sponsored jointly by the North Alabama and the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church with campuses at Birmingham-Southern and Huntingdon Colleges.

Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year collegiate liberal arts institution founded in 1856 and operating under the auspices of the Alabama-West Florida and North Alabama Conferences of the United Methodist Church. Birmingham-Southern is located in the western section of Birmingham and is served by six major airlines, AMTRAK, and Interstates 20, 59, and 65.

Huntingdon College is centrally located on the edge of one of Montgomery's most beautiful neighborhoods, Old Cloverdale, and is bordered on one side by the Montgomery Country Club. The beauty of the landscape in relation to the seventeen Gothic buildings owe much to the original campus design of 1908, by the Olmstead Brothers, who served as landscape consultants for such colleges and universities as Harvard, Yale, John Hopkins, Smith, and Wellesley. The campus is easily accessible from Interstates 65 and 85.

Schedules and Information

Alabama Course of Study class schedules, registration forms, and precourse assignments may be found on the North Alabama Conference Website.

Contact Information

Rev. Walter Cash, Extension Director
P.O. Box 93
Crane Hill, AL 35053
Telephone: 256.747.3329
Fax: 256.747.3326

Appalachian Local Pastor's School

The Appalachian Local Pastors School (ALPS) was founded by the Red Bird Missionary Conference Task Force on Leadership and Parish Development in 1991.

ALPS is approved by the Division of Ordained Ministry for both full-time and part-time local pastors choosing to do the two years of Congregational Development emphasis. All of the Congregational Development (CD) courses have credit equivalency for the regular COS courses and are transferable. The eight courses of CD, though under different titles, do receive credit for the following: COS 112, 113, 114, 213, 214, 311, 313, and 513. After completion of the two years of Congregational Development emphasis, only part-time Local Pastors may attend ALPS.  The CD courses are offered during a two-week May session and on a weekend schedule.

The May session of ALPS meets on the beautiful campus of United Methodist affiliated Union College at Barbourville, Kentucky - accessible from two major highways (I-75 and Route 25E, the Cumberland Gap Parkway).

Weekend courses meet for two weekends (Friday evenings and Saturdays). Currently classes are held in Madisonville and London, Kentucky. Housing and meals are the responsibility of the student.

Schedules and Information

To learn more about ALPS you can visit their website at www.alpsumc.org and to request an application and information contact the Extension Director, Dr. Timothy L Bias.  The main office for ALPS is located in Cincinnati, Ohio but all courses are held in Barbourville, Madisonville, and London, Kentucky.  No ALPS classes meet in Ohio.

Contact Information

Dr. Barbara Nye, Interim Director
1204 Choctaw Trail
Brentwood, TN 37027
Telephone: 615.289.4332


Florida Course of Study Program

The Course of Study educates and trains Local Pastors in the United Methodist Church. The Florida Satellite is a program sponsored by the Emory Course of Study School, and endorsed by the Florida Annual Conference and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. 

The five-year Course of Study (COS) is conducted in a two-weekend model that includes class sessions on Friday evenings from 5:00pm-9:00pm and Saturdays from 8:00am-5:00pm. Student must attend all four sessions to receive credit for the course. Classes will be offered in both Lakeland area and north Florida during the year. 

The COS Florida Satellite is designed for part-time local pastors only, who have met the following requirements:

Supply Pastors and those eligible for but not currently under appointment may attend if endorsed by the District Superintendent and the Annual Conference. Those serving as full-time Local Pastors must attend one of the eight Regional School programs located at a United Methodist School of Theology.

Worship is a vital part of our time together, thus we will begin with worship on the first weekend of each session and worship together again time on the second Saturday at 1:00 pm and then return to class until 5:00pm. Registration will begin at 5:00pm on the first Friday of each session, followed by worship at 5:30pm.

Schedules and Information

Class schedules, registration forms, and precourse assignments will be processed through the Emory COS office:

2015 Registration Form and Brochure

Course Completion Checklist

Contact Information

D. Michelle Levan
Assistant Director, Emory Course of Study
1531 Dickey Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322
Telephone: 404.727.4587

The Memphis-Tennessee-Holston COS

The Memphis-Tennessee-Holston COS School is hosted on the campuses of Hiwassee College and Martin Methodist College. Hiwassee College is affiliated with the Holston Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Hiwassee is located one mile outside of Madisonville, Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Martin Methodist College, located in Pulaski, TN, is affiliated with the Tennessee Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

If you do not have a registration form, you may obtain one from your District Superintendent, your Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, or from the Memphis-Tennessee-Holston COS office. Choose your courses and complete the full registration form. Ask you District Superintendent and the Local Pastor Registrar of your Conference Board of Ordained Ministry to sign the form. Then send the completed form to Ms. Pam Whitmore (address below), along with your registration fee or late registration fee. 

Schedules and Information


Contact Information

Dr. Barbara Nye
Director, Memphis-Tennessee-Holston Course of Study
1204 Choctaw Trail
Brentwood, TN 37027
Telephone: 615.289.4332

Ms. Pam Whitmore
Memphis-Tennessee-Holston Course of Study Registrar
271 East Ninth Street
Cookeville, TN 38501
Telephone: 800.252.9865

Mississippi Course of Study

Mississippi COS meets on the campus of Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. Millsaps College is a four-year United Methodist college founded in 1890. It occupies a beautiful 100-acre residential campus in the heart of the Mississippi State Capital. Millsaps College offers the Mississippi COS a beautiful campus and superb facilities.

The city of Jackson is located at the intersection of Interstates 55 and 20. To reach the Millsaps campus, exit Interstate 55 onto Woodrow Wilson, Exit #98A. At the second light turn left onto North State Street. The Cabot Lodge Millsaps and Millsaps College are immediately on the right. The Cabot Lodge is where you will stay while attending Mississippi COS.

The MS COS at Millsaps offers its classes over two weekend periods, four times a year, in January, April, July, and October. This design allows part-time pastors the opportunity to fulfill their educational requirements while minimizing the amount of time taken off from work.

Schedules and Information


Contact Information

Mississippi Course of Study
The Rev. Richard Robbins, extension director
1701 North State Street
P.O. Box 1500041
Jackson, MS 39210
Telephone: 601.974.1488