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-teaching degree programs including those in apparel design and merchandising, child development, counseling, educational media, and higher education.
All teacher education programs hold accreditation through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) as well as approval from the state of North Carolina. A number of accreditations and approvals for other programs also are held.