Extension Schools

Texas Annual Conference Extension Course of Study

This Extension School is only for Part-time Local Pastors. Classes are offered on the second Saturdays in Spring (March, April, May) and second Saturdays in the Fall (September, October, November). Six courses are offered each semester.


Registration is now open for Spring 2019. Districts in the Texas Annual Conference have applications and you can request one from the Director, Rev. Stephanie Scott: 

Dr. Rita Sims and Dr. Francis Guidry 
Perkins COS Extension School
At Lufkin FUMC
1541 Brunello Street
League City, TX 77573
Phone: 903-262-0304 

North Texas Annual Conference Extension Course of Study

The Course of Study School offered by the North Texas Conference is an extension of the Perkins School of Theology Course of Study School at SMU. These NTC courses are for Part-Time Local Pastors of the United Methodist Church.

The cost is $100 per course for North Texas Conference students and $200 per course for students from other conferences. Advance payment of the fee before the class begins is preferred, and no later than the first day of class.


Online registration is required. Specific course information is available by contacting the instructor(s). Confirmation of your registration will be sent to you following the receipt of your registration. You will also receive a confirmation email when your registration is approved by your District Superintendent and by your Local Pastor Registrar.

To register online, click here

For more information please visit the NTC website, or contact:

Rev.Dylan Dietz 
Director of the North Texas Extension Course of Study School
First United Methodist Church of Jacksboro
Phone: 214-763-8084
E-mail: cassiewade@gmail.com

Rev. Marsha Middleton
Board of Ministry Officer and Registrar for the North Texas Extension Course of Study School
Phone: 972-526-5107
Fax: 972-526-5047
E-mail: middleton@ntcumc.org


Arkansas Extension Course of Study

This Extension School is only for Part-time Local Pastors. Classes offered three Saturdays each semester from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Hendrix College in Conway, AR. Students can take one class per semester. 

To see which class is being offered and learn about the registration process, visit the Arkansas Extension Course of Study School website. 

For more information, contact:

Dr. Michelle Morris 
Director of Arkansas Extension Course of Study School
Hendrix College
1600 Washington Ave.
Conway, AR 72032
501-450-3801, office

Course of Study Satellite School at McMurry University 


To fully register for this course, please follow these steps:

  1. Print and fully complete the Required Signatures Page and obtain the approval, and signatures, of your DS and Local Pastor Registrar. You can attach the document to your online registration form or email it to coss@smu.edu
  2. Fully complete the Online Registration Form


Course Tuition, $230.00
Registration Fee, $80.00 (non-refundable)


Submit your total payment in the form of a check payable to Perkins School of Theology and mail it to:

Course of Study School
Perkins School of Theology
PO Box 750133
Dallas, TX 75275

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Students who must cancel their registration must do so by written notification. In order to receive a refund, written notification must be received by the Course of Study School office on or before August 9, 2019. Your refund will be deducted by a $50.00 administrative fee and will be processed in 6-8 weeks after August 9, 2019.

**Refunds will not be granted for cancellations made after August 9, 2019. If you sent funds to the COSS office to pay for the current course, and you do not cancel by August 9, 2019, the funds cannot be refunded nor will they be applied for payment to future courses.**

For more information contact:  

Dr. John B. Miller
Assistant Director of the Course of Study Satellite School at McMurry University

About John B. Miller:

John B. Faulkenberry Miller is Professor of Religion at McMurry University, where he also serves as Assistant Director of the Perkins Course of Study Satellite Program for part-time United Methodist pastors. 

He received his A.B. in classical languages from the University of California at Berkeley, and his M. Div. and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Princeton Theological Seminary. His research focuses primarily on dreams and visions as a medium of revelation in antiquity, but also includes the study of the Septuagint and Jewish apocalyptic literature from the Hellenistic and imperial periods. His most recent publications include the commentary notes for the text of 1 Maccabees in The CEB Study Bible, and an exploration of the Holy Spirit’s role in the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.  John is an ordained elder in the Northwest Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church.