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

Tatjana Farley and Chélynn Randolph

Two Alumnae Receive National Research Award

Two alumnae from the Reich College of Education’s (RCOE) marriage and family therapy graduate program were named recipients of the prestigious Ameri...

Ryan Huff with family

Ryan Huff Receives Wilks Postgraduate Scholarship

App State graduate Ryan Huff, who played for the Mountaineers' football team from 2017-21 and is currently a master's student in the Reich Colleg...

Mark Schwarze

Dr. Mark Schwarze Appointed Chair of the NCBLCMHC

Dr. Mark Schwarze, associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling in the Reich College of Education (RCOE), w...

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