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 every county in North Carolina.

Reich College of Education: First for Teaching

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Alana Patterson '18, Biology, Secondary Education. Photo submitted

Three TEAMS: Noyce Scholars are the first to complete a year of teaching

After graduating last May, Alana Paterson, Biology, Secondary Education; Chris McCollum, Physics, Secondary Education and Chris Kolischak, Middle Grad...

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Cookies with Your Career Counselor: Spring 2019 Dates

Did you know that the Reich College of Education has a Career Counselor for students?Meet Maureen Cathey, Career Counselor for Education, and learn ab...

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Pritzker Fellow to collaborate with community on development of early childhood programs

Appalachian State University alumna Crystal Kelly ’00 ’09, who holds a master’s degree in social work, has been selected to direct efforts to bu...

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Appalachian students who are interested in becoming educators are required to apply to Teacher Education.