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Registration for the 2021 Summer Sessions will be open March 1 – April 30

The following courses are being offered in Summer 2021 during the dates listed. All courses will be fully online and will include both synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Courses

Session/Dates

Synchronous
(
5 hours per weekend)

Asynchronous
(
5 hours per week)

ECOS 121, 221, 521

ECE 121, 421

Summer 1: June 4 - 19

June 4-5

June 18-19

June 7-11

June 14-17

ECOS 122, 222

ECE 122, 422

Summer 2: June 25 – July 10

June 25-26

July 9-10

June 28-2

July 5-8

ECOS 123, 522

ECE 123, 423

Summer 3: July 16 – July 31

July 16-17

July 30-31

July 19-23

July 26-29

ECOS 124, 524

ECE 124, 424

Summer 4: August 6 – August 21

August 6-7

August 20-21

August 9-13

August 16-19

 

Application, Tuition and Fees, and Technology Requirements

Application, Tuition, and Fee Information

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. 

Requirements for a Complete Application

  1. Registration Fee
  2. District Superintendent Approval and Local Pastor Registrar Approval to Attend Course of Study School (Download Approval Form
  3. Copy of your certification of completion of licensing school or your current License for Pastoral Ministry (only if this is your first application to Course of Study at Garrett-Evangelical)
  4. Signed Financial Responsibility Form (use same approval form as in #2 above)
  5. Review COS Student Handbook

To apply to the English or Spanish Course of Study program click on the appropriate button below to access the online registration form. Registration for Summer 2021 sessions will be open March 1 – April 30, 2021.

Course of Study Application          Solicitud de Admisión para Curso de Estudio

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

  • $25 per course registration fee
  • $210 tuition fee per course ($280 tuition fee per course for Non-Local Pastors)
  • $45 student activity fee
  • The cost of books will be listed on your course syllabi

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.

You can use the Worksheet of Anticipated Expenses to help estimate your costs. (Descargar Hoja de Trabajo de Gastos Anticipados: Escuela del Curso de Estudio 2021)

Technology Requirements

Computer/Tablet/Phone

We recommend that you use a PC running Windows 10 or MAC running OS 10.14 (Mojave) or newer. If you do not have a computer, it is possible (but less than ideal) to use a tablet or phone (Android or iOS). You must be able to wirelessly connect to secure networks (using WPA2-Enterprise). Note: Chromebooks cannot connect to our network.

You will need to install the following software on your device:

  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) and Microsoft Outlook (email). This software is provided free of charge to students with a Garrett email address.
  • Adobe Reader
  • We strongly recommend that you use antivirus software and keep it up-to-date.

High Speed Internet Connection

In order to be able to stream video portions of your class, you need access to a high-speed internet connection with a minimum bandwidth of 8 Mbps or the ability to stream video on your tablet/phone. We recommend using Google Chrome to connect to the internet.

Headphones with a Microphone

You will be participating in video meetings for portions of your classes. We recommend that you use headphones with a built-in microphone during these meetings. If you have a laptop computer or tablet, you could use the built-in speakers and microphone, but the sound quality is poor and other people in the meeting may not be able to hear you well. If you have a desktop computer, you probably do not have a microphone or speakers.

Webcam

You will need a webcam to participate in the video portions of your courses. Most laptops have a built-in camera, but desktops often do not.

Basic Computer Skills

At a minimum, students should be able to perform these basic computer literacy skills:

  • Use a keyboard and mouse
  • Select, copy, and paste text
  • Send and receive email (cc, Reply, Reply All, etc.)
  • Use a web browser (Google Chrome is preferred)
  • Save and retrieve files in different formats (.docx, .pdf, .pptx., etc.)
  • Use a word processor (change fonts, paginate, spell check, footnote, cite sources,
  • format paragraphs—including block quotes, margins, line spacing, etc.)
  • Attach and upload files

Moodle

Garrett COS courses use Moodle for posting assignments, turning in homework, and other course-related activities. You can access Moodle from courses.garrett.edu. You can also install the Moodle app on your Android or iOS device. If you are unfamiliar with Moodle, you can learn about many of its features in this video. See this playlist for more information on using Moodle.

Zoom

Zoom is the video conferencing software currently supported by Garrett. You will use Zoom when your class meets, when you need to get together virtually with classmates, and for other COS-related gatherings.

Course Information

2021 COS Course Offerings

All courses will be fully online and will include both synchronous and asynchronous learning. 

Courses

Session/Dates

Synchronous
(
5 hours per weekend)

Asynchronous
(
5 hours per week)

ECOS 121, 221, 521

ECE 121, 421

Summer 1: June 4 - 19

June 4-5

June 18-19

June 7-11

June 14-17

ECOS 122, 222

ECE 122, 422

Summer 2: June 25 – July 10

June 25-26

July 9-10

June 28-2

July 5-8

ECOS 123, 522

ECE 123, 423

Summer 3: July 16 – July 31

July 16-17

July 30-31

July 19-23

July 26-29

ECOS 124, 524

ECE 124, 424

Summer 4: August 6 – August 21

August 6-7

August 20-21

August 9-13

August 16-19

2021 ECOS/ECE Course Syllabi

ECOS Course

Instructor

Syllabus

ECOS 121 - Bible 1: Introduction

Jordan Kjesbo Download Syllabus

ECOS 122 - Theological Heritage I: Introduction

Kay Hardiman 

Download Syllabus

ECOS 123 - Formation and Discipleship

Barbara B. Javore

Download Syllabus

ECOS 124 - Transformative Leadership

Jenny Huffman Download Syllabus

ECOS 221 - Bible II: Torah and Israel’s History

Kenneth D Hutchens

Download Syllabus

ECOS 222 - Theological Heritage II: Early Church

Peter J. Smith

Download Syllabus

ECOS 521 - Bible V: Acts, Epistles & Revelation

René Schreiner Download Syllabus

ECOS 522 - Theology in the Contemporary Church

In-Yong Lee Download Syllabus

ECOS 524 - Theological Reflection: Practice of Ministry

Dr. Hwa-Young Chong

Download Syllabus

 

Curso de ECE

Instructor

Plan de Estudios

ECE 121 - Bíblia I: Introducción

Aquiles Martinez Próximamente

ECE 122 -  Teología I: Introducción

Amelia Beasley Descargar Plan de Estudios

ECE 123 - Formación y Discipulado

Débora B. A. Junker

Descargar Plan de Estudios

ECE - 124 - Liderazgo Transformativo

Joaquin Garcia

Descargar Plan de Estudios

ECE 421 - Biblia IV: Los Profetas, Salmos, Literatura Sapiencial

Armando Rodríguez Descargar Plan de Estudios

ECE 422 - Herencia Teológica IV: Movimiento Wesleyano

Philip Wingeier-Rayo Descargar Plan de Estudios

ECE 423 - Misión

Yolanda Santiago Correa Descargar Plan de Estudios

ECE 424 - Ética

Saul Trinidad Descargar Plan de Estudios

2021 Synchronous Sessions Information

Fridays: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

(All times are Central Time Zone)

The synchronous sessions will be held via Microsoft Teams using the Microsoft credentials provided by Garrett-Evangelical. Faculty should structure this time to help students think critically about the material being covered through a combination of lecture, course discussions, and live interactive activities. Since asynchronous sessions will be primarily linked to the reading, the synchronous sessions should be used to help students move to higher levels of thinking in which they integrate, synthesize and evaluate material for application in their ministry settings. These relate to the practice-based learning objectives set by GBHEM.

Assignments may be connected to the synchronous sessions. For example, students could be asked to prepare individual or group presentations that they would offer during part of the synchronous sessions. The specific learning objective(s) being addressed by each assignment needs to be named in the syllabus.

2021 Asynchronous Sessions Information

The specifics of the asynchronous sessions will be determined by each faculty member. This can include deadlines for activities during each week but cannot require students to log in at a particular time.

Asynchronous sessions may use a combination of Microsoft Teams and Moodle, both provided by Garrett-Evangelical. These sessions should be clearly linked to the course reading and focused on making certain students can clearly define, describe, and understand the material. These relate to the knowledge-based learning objectives set by GBHEM.

Assignments may be connected to the synchronous sessions. For example, short (1-2 page) papers about the readings and share these with the instructor and one another, quizzes about the readings that provide substantial instructor feedback to students could be assigned, or discussion forums through which the students and faculty interact with each other around specific items in the course texts could be offered as possible assignments. The specific learning objective(s) being addressed by each assignment needs to be named in the syllabus.

Asynchronous sessions will be interactive! This means that the instructor must construct the five hours/week in a way that allows the instructor and students to interact with each other through assignments and activities.

Portuguese and Hmong Courses

Over the last few months GBHEM has led a process to consider how best to provide access to theological education and formation to the leaders of the UMC’s Portuguese and Hmong language ministries. This process included extensive conversations with local pastors, leadership in constituent annual conferences, and Course of Study providers. GBHEM has discerned through the extensive input from constituents that direct administration of the Hmong and Portuguese language Licensing School and Course of Study would better serve the related faculty, staff, and student participants. Administration of these programs through GBHEM will provide increased financial sustainability, a broader student base, and a more flexible format. The Course of Study courses will be offered online during the pandemic, and then in hybrid format once in person learning is safe to resume. GBHEM is excited for the opportunity to work even more closely with Hmong and Portuguese language pastoral leaders and to support this work.

GBHEM is currently assessing the course needs for the Hmong and Portuguese language Course of Study students and will post course schedules shortly. GBHEM will continue to partner with annual conferences, local pastors, seminaries and Boards of Ordained Ministries to offer contextualized theological education and formation.

Curriculum

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. 

Faculty

Two Course of Study Faculty Members TeachingOur 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.