Welcome to Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education!  

Appalachian provides education students with a unique perspective – the physical location and community as well as the belief that education is something to be valued and nurtured.

Preparing quality educators is a cornerstone of Appalachian’s past, present and future. When it comes to teacher education, the state and region look FIRST to Appalachian for innovative instruction, faculty excellence and student success.

From Watauga Academy, founded in 1899, to Appalachian State Teachers College, established in 1929, and to the College of Education, established in 1968, Appalachian State University has a long history of preparing quality educators. The Reich College of Education, named for benefactor Lois Reich in 1987, continues this legacy today.

The Reich College of Education is comprised of five departments as well as Appalachian's first doctoral program. 

The college enrolls approximately 2,400 students in its bachelor's, master's, education specialist and doctoral degree programs. 

Appalachian offers one of the largest undergraduate teacher preparation programs in North Carolina, graduating approximately 500 teachers a year. With so many teacher education graduates working in the state, there is at least one RCOE graduate teaching in almost every county in North Carolina.

Latest News

Dr. Betsy Rosenbalm ’01 ’05 ’08, pictured second from right, is App State’s director of the Public School Partnership, a collaborative program between the Reich College of Education (RCOE) and area public schools to improve education. She also serves as regional director of the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program (NC NTSP). Pictured with her, from left to right, are App State’s four new teacher support coaches: Ike Smith, Dr. Caroline Beam ’04 ’11 ’14, Maggie Murphy ’08 ’15 and Karen Walker ’94 ’98.

Reich College of Education staff coach Northwestern NC’s new teachers

The first few years of teaching in K–12 schools can be tough — but extra support for the new educators makes a huge difference, said Dr. Betsy Ros...

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50 years of giving: App State families change lives, build legacies

Appalachian State University alumni have often said that once you become part of the Mountaineer community, you never truly leave. While many share th...

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Van Horne Incorporates Global Learning Through Virtual International Program Award

Dr. Jill Van Horne, associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling and program director of the professional s...

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