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

Cameron Ammann '06 with her husband, Ryan, and daughter, Haddie. Photo submitted

Alumni Update: Cameron Ammann ‘06

Cameron Ammann (neé Savage), originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, graduated in 2006 with a B.S. in elementary education. She is currently worki...

Tracy Goodson-Espy Named Interim Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Tracy Goodson-Espy Named Interim Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Dr. Tracy Goodson-Espy, a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education (RC...

Kennedy-Herterich Family Foundation representative, Karyn Herterich, an active supporter of the Blowing Rock community, learned about LBCDLS through a friend and visited to learn more.

Lucy Brock Child Development Lab School Receives $25,000 Gift from the Kennedy-Herterich Family Foundation

Earlier this year, the Lucy Brock Child Development Lab School (LBCDLS) received a $25,000 gift from the Kennedy-Herterich Family Foundation to suppor...

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