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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The James Center for Student Success and Advising, named for Steve and Judy James, is located on the first floor of the Reich College of Education. Photo by Chase Reynolds

Reich College of Education’s James Center for Student Success and Advising Rededicated on November 16

Invited guests gathered in the Reich College of Education (RCOE) Rotunda on Friday, November 16, 2018 for an event honoring donors Steve and Judy Jame...

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Geri Miller, Glenda S. Johnson and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Students Publish Article in Counseling Today

Drs. Geri Miller (HPC) and Glenda S. Johnson (HPC) have published a “Knowledge Share” article titled “The use of evidence-based practices with o...

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Katie Howard ‘11 ‘15 ‘18 Inducted into the Cratis D. Williams Society of Outstanding Graduates

Katie Howard ‘11 ‘15 ‘18, originally from Lexington, North Carolina, has been inducted into the Cratis D. Williams Society of Outstanding Gradua...


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