About the College

Education is not a trend at App State; it is a tradition! 

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.

App State has deeply rooted traditions in education. Our reputation for preparing quality educators as well as our commitment to student and alumni success contributes to the value of an App State education.

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 multicultural 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

Best Colleges Undergraduate Teaching

Focus on Student Success

  • Over 360 students were awarded almost $980,000 in scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year - more than any other college at Appalachian
  • 100 full-time faculty members
  • Average class size:
    • Undergraduate: 27 students
    • Graduate: 15 students
    • Doctoral: 10 students
  • International opportunities in 7 countries
  • Graduates approximately 400 teachers per year
  • Ranked 1st of Top 50 Alma Maters by Total Number of National Board Certified Teachers for 2021 - sixth consecutive year
  • Almost all 100 counties in North Carolina employ an RCOE teacher or administrator

Award-winning Faculty and Alumni

  • Eleven alumni named Beginning Teacher of the Year for the 2019-2020 academic year; three are finalists for the NCCAT 2021 Prudential NC BTOY.
  • Fulbright Fellowships: Dr. Paul Wallace (2019-2020), 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).
  • Meghan LeFevers ‘07 was selected as the sole North Carolina Milken Educator Award Winner for 2017-18.
  • Dr. Jim Brooks ’85 ’97 ’11 was one of five U.S. educators inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame, Class of 2012.