Course of Study

Training and educating local pastors to continue to lead in The United Methodist Church.

The Course of Study (COS) is a five-year program that offers training and education for people who are interested in becoming full or part-time local pastors in The United Methodist Church. Learn more about COS here.

The Western Jurisdiction Course of Study is the basic five-year theological education program of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry taught by faculty of Claremont School of Theology and leaders in their field from across the Western Jurisdiction. Learn more about the theological courses of Course of Study by clicking here.

Below is the Year 2023 Course of Study Schedule

please contact Faith Conklin at faithconklin3@gmail.com or Ruth Ketchum at ruth.ketchum@cst.edu 619-647-7163

Click here to register for COS.

Western Jurisdiction – COS Schedule 2023

All times are in Pacific time zone.

Winter Zoom Classes
Registration Deadline – Jan 4th, 2023
January 31st – February 23rd

These classes are four weeks long, all zoom.

ClassInstructorZoom Schedule
121 Bible 1 (prerequisite class)
Pre-course assignments and syllabus are posted here (12/8/22)
Susan Slusher BellTuesdays and Thursdays 5-7:30pm
Jan. 31, Feb. 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23
224 Administration and Polity
Pre-course assignments and syllabus are posted here (12/8/22)
Cedrick BridgeforthTuesdays and Thursdays 5-7:30pm
Jan 31st, Feb. 2, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, March 2
322 Theology III: Medieval to Reformation
Pre-course assignments and syllabus are posted here (1/12/23)
Catherine TuellTuesdays and Thursdays 5-7:30pm
Jan. 31, Feb. 2, 7, 9, 14. 16, 21, 23
421 Bible 4
Check back for pre course assignments and syllabus
Siliveinusi TiuetiTuesdays and Thursdays 5-7:30pm
Jan. 31, Feb. 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23

Spring Zoom Classes
Registration Deadline – March 29th, 2023
April 25th – May 18th

These classes are four weeks long, all zoom.

ClassInstructorZoom Schedule
122 Theology 1 (prerequisite class)
Check back for pre course assignments and syllabus
Grant HagiyaTuesdays and Thursdays 5-7:30pm
April 25, 27, May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18
223 Worship and Sacraments
The pre-course assignments and syllabus can be found here
Faith J. ConklinTuesdays and Thursdays 5-7:30pm
April 25, 27, May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18
423 Mission
Check back for pre course assignments and syllabus
Ron HinesTuesdays and Thursdays 5-7:30pm
April 25, 27, May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18
521 Bible 5
Check back for pre course assignments and syllabus
Mark KimTuesdays and Thursdays 5-7:30pm
April 25, 27, May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18

Summer Hybrid Classes Session 1
Registration Deadline – June 14th, 2023
July 11th – July 28th

These classes include two weeks of Zoom and one week (five days) in person.

ClassInstructorZoom ScheduleIn Person Schedule
5 Days
124 Leadership
Check back for pre course assignments and syllabus
Grant HagiyaTuesday 7/11
Tuesday 7/18

5 – 7:30pm
July 24th – 28th
8:30 – 11:30 am
Location to be determined
222 Theology 2
Check back for pre course assignments and syllabus
Catherine TuellTuesday 7/11
Tuesday 7/18

5 – 7:30pm
July 24th – 28th
8:30 – 11:30 am
Location to be determined
324 Preaching
the pre-course assignments and syllabus can be found here.
Faith J. ConklinTuesday 7/11
Tuesday 7/18

5 – 7:30pm
July 24th – 28th
8:30 – 11:30 am
Location to be determined
523 Evangelism
The pre-course assignments and syllabus can be found here. (1/12/23)
Nicole ReilleyTuesday 7/11
Tuesday 7/18

5 – 7:30pm
July 24th – 28th
8:30 – 11:30 am
Location to be determined

Summer Hybrid Classes Session 2
Registration Deadline – June 14th, 2023

July 11th – July 28th

These classes include two weeks of Zoom and one week (five days) in person.

ClassInstructorZoom ScheduleIn Person Schedule
5 Days
213 Formation
the pre-course assignments and syllabus can be found here.
Sheryl Kujawa-HolbrookThursday 7/13
Thursday 7/20
5 – 7:30pm
July 24th – 28th
1 – 4:00pm
Location to be determined
321 Bible 3
Check back for pre course assignments and syllabus
Mark KimThursday 7/13
Thursday 7/20
5 – 7:30pm
July 24th – 28th
1 – 4:00pm
Location to be determined
422 Theology 4
Check back for pre course assignments and syllabus
Jared MaddoxThursday 7/13
Thursday 7/20
5 – 7:30pm
July 24th – 28th
1 – 4:00pm
Location to be determined
524 Theological Reflection and Ministry
Check back for pre course assignments and syllabus
Belva Brown JordanThursday 7/13
Thursday 7/20
5 – 7:30pm
July 24th – 28th
1 – 4:00pm
Location to be determined

Fall Zoom Classes
Registration Deadline – September 6th, 2023

October 3rd – October 26

These classes are four weeks long, all zoom.

ClassInstructorZoom Schedule
221 Bible 2
Check back for pre course assignments and syllabus
Siliveinusi TiuetiTuesdays and Thursdays 5 -7:30pm
Oct. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26.
323 Congregational Care
Check back for pre course assignments and syllabus
John FarleyTuesdays and Thursdays 5 -7:30pm
Oct. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26.
424 Ethics
Check back for pre course assignments and syllabus
Grant HagiyaTuesdays and Thursdays 5 -7:30pm
Oct. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26.
522 Theology 5
Check back for pre course assignments and syllabus
TBATuesdays and Thursdays 5 -7:30pm
Oct. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26.

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Further Information

Please feel free to contact us about any information you need or concerns you have.
Call or email Rev. Dr. Faith J. Conklin at  760-443-9664 or faithconklin3@gmail.com

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