The Reich College of Education, established in 1968, is one of Appalachian State University's oldest colleges. It was named for benefactor Lois Reich in 1987.

 The college offers a broad range of comprehensive degree programs: Baccalaureate, Masters, Specialist and Doctoral levels as well as programs leading to certificates and licensure.

The college seeks to provide a well-balanced program of classroom and clinical experiences while maintaining a cooperative, forward-thinking posture, with emphasis on:

  • Providing programs of rigor and excellence that challenge its faculty and students to do their best;
  • Creating bold initiatives that recognize emerging societal needs with new programs, teaching strategies, and technologies that will keep it on the frontiers of knowledge;
  • Supporting the integration of multi-cultural and global orientations in all program areas;
  • Seeking to further define and deliver a comprehensive body of knowledge suitable for each of its majors;
  • Engaging in an active program of exchange and interchange with its varied publics.

Points of Pride

Preparing Quality Educators - Past, Present and Future

  • Appalachian was first founded as a teaching college in 1899
  • 6 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate majors, 1 doctoral program
  • Elementary Education is one of Appalachian's top 10 majors
  • One of the largest teacher preparation programs in the state with over 2,000 students
  • Home to Appalachian's only doctoral program

Focus on Student Success

  • Over 300 students awarded almost $700,000 in scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year
  • 100 full-time faculty members
  • Average class size:
    • Undergraduate: 27 students
    • Graduate: 15 students
    • Doctoral: 10 students
  • International opportunities in 6 countries
  • Graduates approximately 500 teachers per year
  • Ranked 1st of Top 50 Alma Maters by Total Number of National Board Certified Teachers for 2016
  • All 100 counties in North Carolina employ and RCOE teacher or administrator

Award-winning Faculty and Alumni

  • Fulbright Fellowships: Dr. Vachel Miller (2015-2016), Dr. John Tashner (2014)
  • UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching: Dr. Tracy Wilson Smith (2017)
  • North Carolina Teacher of the Year: Keana Triplett '05 '12 (2014-2015), Darcy Grimes ’06 (2012-2013)
  • Dr. Jim Brooks ’85 ’97 ’11 was one of five U.S. educators inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame, Class of 2012