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

Latest News

Laura Brooks

Laura Brooks ‘14 Named North Carolina Regional Teacher of the Year

Laura Brooks (née Snipes), originally from Wilkesboro, North Carolina, was named North Carolina Regional Teacher of the Year for the Northwest Region...

Natalie Mercer

Alumni Update: Natalie Mercer ‘15

Natalie Mercer (née Haakinson), from Wilson, North Carolina, graduated in 2015 with a M.A. in educational media with a concentration in instructional...

Jennifer McGee

Students and Faculty Present at the 2019 North Carolina Association for Research in Education Conference, Jennifer McGee Installed as 2019-20 NCARE President

Reich College of Education (RCOE) students and faculty members gave presentations at the 2019 North Carolina Association for Research in Education (NC...


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