Structure


Classes are conducted once a month, eight times a year, in a two semester format (Fall and Spring). Three courses are offered each month of the semester, one for each corresponding credential level (certified, license, ordained). Students participate in five hours of classroom instruction on Saturday (9:00 amó3:00 pm).
Prior to class, each student is required to read through the course text book and complete the study guide. A minimum 10 hours of preparatory work is necessary. With classroom time, students will have invested 15 hours or more per course.
Classroom instruction provides an overview of the material, practical applications, and opportunity for questions and discussions. The classroom session includes taking and reviewing a final exam.
Courses are taught by District officers and Directors, Presbyters, and seasoned pastors with expertise and experience in the field of study. Instructors use personal experience and a variety of teaching methods. Occasionally, Bible college professors will serve as guest lecturers.




Saturday Class Schedule


8:45 am Arrive for class
 
9:00 am - 11:00 am Class overview of study guides
 
11:00 am - 12 noon Final exam
 
12 noon - 1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
 
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm New material
 
3:00 pm Class ends




Cohorts


Since the goal of DSOM is to allow classroom discussion and peer interaction, we will be looking to form cohorts of at least three students to go through each level of study. If there are not enough students to form a cohort for a particular level at any of the locations that level will not be offered there during that semester.

If there are not at least two students at any given location for a scheduled class, that class will be canceled, and students may be offered the opportunity to attend another location that is still holding the class. Students will be notified at least three weeks in advance if there are changes to class availability at their location.