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.

Latest News

Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church supports Parent to Parent FSN-HC fund for medically fragile infants and children

Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church supports Parent to Parent FSN-HC fund for medically fragile infants and children

The Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock has awarded Appalachian State University’s Kaaren Hayes $3,000 in grant funding to...

Appalachian State University alumni Diana Beasley ‘11, Daron “Chip” Buckwell ‘82, ‘83, Mary Hazel Farthing Mast ‘80 and John Bost ‘70, ‘85, ‘89 were inducted into the Rhododendron Society on June 22.

Alumni Beasley, Bost, Buckwell and Mast Inducted into the Reich College of Education Rhododendron Society

Appalachian State University alumni Diana Beasley ‘11, John Bost ‘70, ‘85, ‘89, Daron “Chip” Buckwell ‘82, ‘83 and Mary Hazel Farthing...

Jennifer Owens has been named The ARC f Davidson County's Volunteer of the Year

Owens is Arc Volunteer of the Year

Jennifer Owens, who has taught special needs children for 39 years, brings her same enthusiasm for working with exceptional children to her volunteer ...


Schedule a Visit

Calendar icon

The James Center for Student Success & Advising coordinates many college events as well as campus visits and tours. 

Explore Programs

Academics icon

Explore our undergraduate and graduate majors, specialist degree programs and doctoral program.

Be an Educator

Apply icon

Appalachian students who are interested in becoming educators are required to apply to the Reich College of Education.