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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Appalachian’s Chancellor Everts engages with students, shares books at Middle Fork Academy

Appalachian State University Chancellor Sheri Everts engaged with the university’s youngest students to date when she visited the Appalachian State ...

Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program Coffee Talk Series: Fall 2018 Dates

Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program Coffee Talk Series: Fall 2018 Dates

Love coffee? How about breakfast treats? Care to score some free smiles? Look no further! The Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program (...

Freebird McKinney, 2018-19 Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Teacher of the Year to Speak on Tuesday, September 25

Freebird McKinney, 2018-19 Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Teacher of the Year to Speak on Tuesday, September 25

The James Center for Student Success and Advising will host Freebird McKinney, 2018-19 Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Teacher of the Year, for a...

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