Upper Midwest Extension Course of Study School

The Upper Midwest Extension Course of Study School is designed for part-time local pastors from Iowa, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and surrounding states.  The school is part of the Course of Study system of the United Methodist Church and operates under the direction of the Regional Course of Study School at Garrett Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.  Classes are usually held on the campus of Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.  However because of the coronavirus pandemic, Spring 2021 classes will be held via ZOOM.

Licensed local pastors who are appointed to serve part-time are eligible to enroll.  Classes are held on two weekends in the fall and two weekends in the spring.  Advance assignments are part of every course.

Tuition and fees are $275 per class.   Scholarships are available from the Iowa Conference Board of Ordained Ministry for Iowa pastors. Questions about the Upper Midwest Course of Study School can be directed to the Registrar, Rev. Carl Phillips (712-370-7963 and carlphillipssvf@gmail.com), or to the Director, Dr. Dennis Tevis (319-572-1940 and gtevis@aol.com).

Registration Deadline for Spring 2021 classes:  December 15, 2020 

Late fee for registrations received after the deadline:  $25.00

Registration Form – Individuals registering for the first time for any Course of Study class must obtain a PID number from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.  To do this, contact Pamela Frost at cosregistrar@gbhem.org.

Grant and Scholarship Application– For Iowa Part-time Local Pastors 

Brochure For Upper Midwest Course of Study

Student Handbook


Spring 2021 Upper Midwest COS Offerings


Classes will meet March 19-20 and April 16-17, 2021 via ZOOM video-conferencing software.  Classes begin on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m.  Classes continue on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.  

COS 122  Theological Heritage I: Introduction

This course introduces theological reflection in the Wesleyan tradition.  Basic terms, tasks, and methods of Christian theology will be introduced. Representative classical themes will be defined and illustrated.  This course provides a foundation for further historical and theological study. Dr. Travis Stevick, pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus, Iowa, will teach this course.  

COS 123  Formation and Discipleship  

This course helps to ground the student in the theology and core practices of personal and congregational formation and discipleship.  Valerie Reinhiller, who teaches this class, is a Deacon in the United Methodist Church and has a Master’s degree in Christian Education.  She is the chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry in the Dakota Conference and currently serves at Faith United Methodist Church in Williston, North Dakota.

COS 321  Bible III: Gospels

This course focuses on the content and message of the Gospels, as well as the theological perspectives of the Gospel writers.  The practice of exegesis will be emphasized. Dr. Dennis Tevis, retired Iowa District Superintendent, will teach this course.

COS 424  Ethics 

This course introduces the biblical and theological bases for Christian behavior, emphasizing the pastoral skills needed for moral leadership in the congregation and the community. Rev. Tim Bonney, lead pastor at First United Methodist Church in Indianola, Iowa, will teach this class.