Academics

Academic Departments

The Reich College of Education is organized into five departments, with each department housing several undergraduate and graduate programs. Several programs offer Accelerated Admissions opportunities where students can earn both their undergraduate and graduate degrees by beginning graduate work during their senior year.

Curriculum and Instruction

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is dedicated to developing and implementing transformational educational experiences that help students critically question and deconstruct the complex intersections of environmental, cultural, historical, and political factors that influence and affect teaching and learning.

Undergraduate Programs: Career and Technical Education, Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, Media Studies (Secondary Academic Concentration)

Accelerated Admissions: Elementary Education, Middle Grades

Graduate Programs: Curriculum Specialist, Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education

Family and Child Studies

The Department of Family and Child Studies creates a community of engagement around the capacity for learning and competence of children. By exploring how children develop and learn in context, we prepare professionals who work with children and families across a variety of settings. 

Undergraduate Programs: Child Development (licensure and non-licensure)

Human Development and Psychological Counseling

The Department of Human Development & Psychological Counseling is responsible for organizing and providing instructional programs in counseling and other human development functions for public schools, colleges/universities, and various agencies.

Graduate Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Professional School Counseling, College Student Development, Marriage and Family Therapy

Leadership and Educational Studies

The Department of Leadership and Educational Studies prepares students to assume educational leadership roles in community colleges, universities, public schools, public libraries and related educational settings through active scholarship, reflection, professional discourse and interdisciplinary programs of study based on the integration of theory and practice.

Graduate Programs: Educational Media, Higher Education, Library Science (MLS), School Administration (MSA)

Reading Education and Special Education

The Department of Reading Education and Special Education offers innovative programs focusing on all facets of reading, writing, language arts and specific areas of special education..

Undergraduate Programs: Special Education (adapted or general curriculum K-12)

Accelerated Admissions: Reading Education, Special Education

Graduate Programs: Reading Education, Special Education

Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

The college also offers a doctorate in educational leadership. The Ed.D in Educational Leadership is not housed in a specific department but draws its faculty from all departments in the College. Four concentrations are available to students in the Appalachian State University Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. 

Departmental Contacts

Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Sara Zimmerman
Interim Chair
Office: 205D College of Education
Email: zimmermnsj@appstate.edu
Phone: 828-262-2224
Fax: 828-262-2686
www.ci.appstate.edu

Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Dr. Audrey Dentith
Director
Office: 414C College of Education
Email: dentitham@appstate.edu
Phone: 828-262-8382
Fax: 828-262-2128
www.edl.appstate.edu

Family and Child Studies

Dr. Denise Brewer
Interim Chair
Office: 509H College of Education
Email: brewerdm@appstate.edu 
Phone: 828-262-7966
Fax: 828-265-8620
www.fcs.appstate.edu

Human Development and Psychological Counseling

Dr. Catherine Clark
Interim Chair
Office: 304F College of Education
Email: clarkcr@appstate.edu
Phone: 828-262-2055
Fax: 828-262-2128
www.hpc.appstate.edu

Leadership and Educational Studies

Dr. Terry McClannon
Chair
Office: 204C College of Education
Email: mcclannontw@appstate.edu
Phone: 828-262-2062
Fax: 828-262-6035
www.les.appstate.edu

Reading Education and Special Education

Dr. Woody Trathen
Chair
Office: 305G College of Education
Email: trathenwr@appstate.edu
Phone: 828-262-6056
Fax: 828-262-6767
www.rese.appstate.edu