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 only doctoral program:

  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Family & Child Studies
  • Human Development & Psychological Counseling
  • Reading Education & Special Education
  • Leadership & Educational Studies
  • Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership.

The Reich College of Education enrolls approximately 2,400 students in its bachelor's, master's, education specialist and doctoral degree programs. The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership is Appalachian’s only doctoral program. Over the past 20 years, the program has produced more than 130 graduates who hold leadership roles in K-12 public education, community colleges, and educational agencies across North Carolina and beyond.

Appalachian offers one of the largest undergraduate teacher preparation programs in North Carolina, graduating about 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 Awards 10 Students Diversity Scholarships for 2017-18

Appalachian Awards 10 Students Diversity Scholarships for 2017-18

Ten first-year students at Appalachian State University have been awarded Diversity Scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year.The Diversity Scholarsh...

Summer 2017 Reading Clinic

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John Henson

John Henson Named National Association for Media Literacy Education M-Passioned Member for June 2017

John Henson, adjunct instructor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and educational leadership doctoral student, has been named the Nation...

Judson MacDonald

College of Arts and Sciences names Outstanding Student Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017

The College of Arts and Sciences is proud to announce that Judson MacDonald from Cary, North Carolina, has been named the Outstanding Student Teacher ...


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Quality Teacher Education

Council for the Accreditation of Educator PreparationAt  Appalachian, an institution that was founded in 1899 for the preparation of teachers, we believe in quality teacher education programs. The Reich College of Education is accreditated by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).