Appalachian State University first began as a teaching college over 100 years ago and has grown into a premiere comprehensive regional university serving students from both North Carolina and out of state.
The Reich College of Education offers the largest undergraduate teacher preparation program in North Carolina and substantial offerings at the graduate level, including the doctorate.
In addition, the college offers a variety of non-graduate degree programs including those in counseling, educational media, higher education, and library science.
All teacher education programs hold accreditation through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) as well as approval from the state of North Carolina. A number of accreditations and approvals for other programs also are held.
Distance Education Opportunities
Many of Appalachian's education students are not local to the Boone, North Carolina area. Therefore, Distance Education facilities have been set up to allow those students to continue their degree programs, while still getting the quality of education as if they were on the Appalachian campus.
If you are interested in taking distance education courses, or would like to find out more about what the College of Education can offer off-campus students, please see our Distance Education page.