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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Appalachian Community of Education Scholars

39 ACES Seniors Honored

On Friday, November 22, 2019, Reich College of Education’s (RCOE) Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES) celebrated 39 students who are ...

RCOE Research Bonanza is Friday, January 31, 2020

The Reich College of Education (RCOE) Dean’s Office, doctoral program, and the Office of Research are hosting a Research Bonanza to assist faculty w...

Anita Cole

Alumni Update: Anita Cole ’90

Anita Cole (née Swaim), originally from Sophia, North Carolina, graduated in 1990 with a B.S. in elementary education.“Appalachian has always been ...


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