Course of Study Office

Mailing Address
2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201

Marigene Chamberlain
Regional Director

Timothy R. Eberhart
English School Director

Diana Ahn
Administrative Coordinator 

Academic Affairs

Mailing Address
2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: (847) 866-3903

Course of Study

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Welcome to the Course of Study School at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  Our goal is to educate and form bold local pastoral leaders to serve vital congregations for the flourishing of the world God so loves. 

Following the five-year program established by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, the Course of Study School at Garrett-Evangelical offers quality theological training for both English and Spanish speaking students in a multi-cultural community of learning and spiritual formation. 

We offer classes in a residential environment on the beautiful campus of Garrett-Evangelical near Northwestern University, where our students walk along the shores of Lake Michigan, stroll through shops in downtown Evanston, and ride a train into the heart of Chicago.

The dates for the 2015 Course of Study school (Spanish, English and Hmong) are July 19-24 for Session I and July 26- July 31 for Session II.  

With our strong and committed faculty, diverse community, and vibrant surroundings, the Course of Study School at Garrett-Evangelical provides a unique opportunity to broaden your knowledge of the love of God, deepen your attentiveness to the movements of the Spirit, and strengthen your commitment to following Jesus Christ today.  I am personally committed to ensuring you have a meaningful and transformative experience that respects your vocational path and supports you in local church ministry.  Come join us! 

Course of Study School



Admission Requirements for Course of Study

In order to attend the Course of Study School, you must:

  • Be licensed as a local pastor in the United Methodist Church (students from other denominations or programs may be admitted to the program at the discretion of the Course of Study director in consultation with your presiding elder or other denominational supervisor. If you are attending our school for the first time a copy of your License to Preach must accompany your application);
  • Be endorsed by your annual conference board of ordained ministry's registrar for local pastors;
  • Receive permission from your district superintendent and local pastor registrar.


Application Procedure

To apply to the Course of Study program:

1.  Click on the Apply button to access the registration and housing forms.

2.  Type in your required information on the forms (in PDF format).

3.  Save as a file to your computer and email as an attachment, first to your District Superintendent, and upon return receipt, to your Conference Local Pastor Registrar.  

4.  When the forms are complete, save and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

Completed applications for the Course of Study program, including fees, must be received by June 1.

Tuition and Fees

  • $75 registration fee per session if paid by February 15, $85 if paid by May 1, $135 if paid by June 1 (non-refundable after March 15) 
  • $185 tuition fee per course
  • $30 Student activity fee per session
  • $250 to $425 housing fee per session (depending upon location)
  • $60 housing deposit ($30 late fee after June 1)
  • $100 meal plan per session
Many annual conference Boards of Ordained Ministry help students with costs for Course of Study School. Contact your conference BOM directly to determine your annual conference policy.  
Please mail all checks to:    
                                            Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
                                            C/O Course of Study Office
                                            2121 Sheridan Rd. 
                                            Evanston, IL 60201 

Technology Requirements


Minimum Technology Requirements

1.  Reliable access to a broad-band (high-speed) internet connection (e.g. DSL or cable). Modem dial-up will not work for all classroom activities).

2.  Access to an up-to-date computer and operating system, sufficient to run an up-to-date web browser (e.g. Windows 7 or 8 for Windows users, Mountain Lion or Mavericks for Mac users). The user should have run/installed all system-related updates. 

3.  A Google gmail account (sign up at: 

4.  Computer with sound and web camera (built-in or as a plug-in device) capabilities.

5.  The most up-to-date version of a Web browser (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Safari). Internet Explorer is not recommended.

6.  Ability to work with files normal to the Microsoft Office environment, mainly *.doc/*.docx, *.ppt/*.pptx. Many students with Apple computers can manage such files with the iWork suite of applications. Students without MS Office or Apple iWork might try the freely available OpenOffice application: Finally, documents and presentations made on Google Drive can also be exported/downloaded in MS Office formats.

7.  Adobe Reader to view pdf files.

8.  For synchronous audio-visual sessions (e.g. Google Hangouts), students should plan to wear earphones or ear buds to minimize echoes and feedback.

9.  A given course *may* ask students to download and use safe, freely-available cross-platform software like Apple QuickTime or iTunes.




The Course of Study School prepares pastoral leaders for local church ministry through a 5-year, 20-course curriculum established by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.  Normally courses are to be taken in the sequence prescribed by the curriculum.  At a minimum, students are expected to take first year courses in the first year of study and fifth year courses in the final year of study. 

Online Hybrid Learning 

Each of our 20 courses are structured in an online hybrid format, with 5 classroom hours facilitated online pre-session by an instructor and 15 classroom hours faciliated face-to-face on campus during one of the July sessions. To access courses, including syllabi, you will first need to register (see Registration tab). Once registered, you will be given a username and temporary password to be able to login at the online host site All students, new and returning, will then be required to take a prerequisite course through the site titled GETSCOS 101.  Upon successful completion, you will then be able to access all of the online course hubs.         


Our faculty is made up of professors from Garrett-Evangelical and other theological seminaries, as well as program staff from boards and agencies and seasoned pastors who are excellent instructors.   


Individual courses may require homework submissions as you work through online course assignments at your own pace. All final homework, however, is due June 15, 2015. Submit your homework by emailing one attachment (e.g. Word doc.) per course to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . All written work shall use proper citation methods to avoid plagiarism (see GETSCOS 101 prerequisite course).   

Session I

July 19-24, 2015




121-E Bible 1: Introduction

123-E Formation & Discipleship

Karen Mosby-Avery    

Al Caldwell

221-E Bible II: Torah & Israel's History

223-E Worship & Sacaments

Kimberly Russaw 

Carol McPherson

321-E Bible III: Gospels 

323-E Congregational Care 

Dennis Tevis 

Lallene Rector

421-E Bible IV: Prophets, Pslams & Wisdom Literature

423-E Mission

Brooke Lester

Patricia Efiom

521-E Bible V: Acts, Epistles & Revelation

523-E Evangelism

Rene Schreiner

Mark Teasdale


 Session II

July 26-31, 2015




122-E Theological Heritage I: Introduction

124-E Transformative Leadership

Marigene Chamberlain

Steve Trefz

222-E Theological Heritage II: Early Church

224-E Administration & Polity

Carol Korak

Mary Ann Moman 

322-E Theological Heritage III: Medieval-Reformation

324-E Preaching

Stephanie VanSlyke


422-E Theological Heritage IV: Wesleyan Movement 

424-E Ethics 

Michael Turner 

Darryl Stephens 

522-E Theology in the Contemporary Church

524-E Theological Refection: Practice of Ministry 

David Dault

Matt Charlton 


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students from a wide range of faith traditions.