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

College Access Partnerships and Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program

RCOE Gains Two New Programs

Beginning July 1, 2022, the Reich College of Education (RCOE) will gain two new programs: College Access Partnerships (CAP) and Scholars with Diverse ...

graduates of school admin program

RCOE Graduates First Cohort from the Aspiring Minority School Leaders Program

In fall 2020, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and the North Carolina Advancing Charter Collaboration and Excellence for St...

Innovation Expo

Public School Partnership Hosts Innovation Expo

On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, the Reich College of Education’s Public School Partnership hosted an Innovation for Equity Expo, which included presentat...

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