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

First Year Scholarship Recipients

2022-2023 Incoming Reich College of Education Student Scholarship Recipients

The Reich College of Education (RCOE) received over 170 scholarship applications for incoming students. Scholarship awards for 2022-2023 went to 19 ou...

Group Photo from ACES Orientation

ACES 2022 Orientation Hosts Alum and Teacher of the Year and Welcomes New Program Director

As part of their orientation, the Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES) began the academic year with a presentation from Appalachian Stat...


Women in Educational Leadership Symposium is October 6-7, 2022

The seventh annual Women in Educational Leadership Symposium (WIELS) will be held virtually, Thursday, October 6, and Friday, October 7, 2022. Dr...


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