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

Roger Hyatt ’71 ’74, center, is the recipient of the 2024 Alumni Award from App State’s Reich College of Education. He is pictured with Reich College of Education Dean Melba Spooner, left, and Associate Vice Chancellor of Alumni Engagement Stephanie Billings ’92 at the 2024 Alumni Awards Gala, held July 13 at App State’s Boone campus.

App State celebrates alumni excellence — 3 Mountaineers honored at 2024 Alumni Awards Gala

Appalachian State University’s Alumni Association honored three Mountaineers at the 2024 Alumni Awards Gala, held July 13 in the Gran...

2024 RCO Award Recipients

2024 Reich College of Education Award Recipients Named

Nine faculty and staff members of Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education (RCOE), along with the Academy at Elkin, were recently h...

Rhododendron Recipients

Alumni Johnson ’59, Phipps ’92 ’97, and Telford ’89 Inducted into the Reich College of Education Rhododendron Society

Appalachian State University alumni Phillip Johnson ’59, Don Phipps ’92 ’97, and Betty Telford ’89 were inducted into the Rhododendron Society...

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The Reich College of Education offers 13 master's degree programs and 10+ graduate certificates. Learn more at an upcoming information sessions!