We are actively practicing social distancing, which means we remain open for business but limiting the number of students, faculty, and staff on campus. If you need to contact the RCOE Office of the Dean, please do so between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm via email (rcoemarketing@appstate.edu) or phone (828-262-2232).

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.

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Brian Bettis

Bethel Principal Brian Bettis named WCS Principal of the Year

Bettis is a three-time Appalachian alum - B.S. in elementary education, a M.A. in elementary education and an Ed.S. in educational leadership!Bethel S...

Student Teacher of the Year Finalists

App State announces 2019–20 Student Teacher of the Year and finalists

Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education (RCOE) has named alumnus Brandon Moore ’20 as the 2019–20 Student Teacher of...

Andrea Gladden

EBMS’ Gladden named teacher of the year

Gladden is a two-time Appalachian alumna, earning both her B.S. and M.A. in elementary education!Andrea Gladden, Project Lead the Way teacher at East ...


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