Spring 2021 Virtual Open House

Discover the Reich College of Education

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 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.

Tour the College of Education

Welcome from Dean Spooner

Students share Why Appalachian

Majors & Minors

Find your major! The Reich College of Education offers five undergraduate majors with numerous concentrations as well as secondary education programs and special subjects with colleges across campus. 


The Reich College of Education is organized into five departments, with each department housing several undergraduate and graduate programs. 


Curriculum and Instruction

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.

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. 

Human Development and Psychological Counseling

Responsible for organizing and providing instructional programs in counseling and other human development functions for public schools, colleges/universities, and various agencies.

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.

Reading Education and Special Education

Offers innovative programs focusing on all facets of reading, writing, language arts and specific areas of 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. 

Poet Snaps, Author Claps, and Comic Zaps

Poet Snaps, Author Claps, and Comic Zaps

Every great story has an origin. For the Reich College of Education’s (RCOE) Anderson Reading Clinic’s Literacy-Casts, it began when Dr. Devery Ward, an associate professor in the RCOE’s Department of Reading Education and Special Education (RESE) and director of the Anderson Reading Clinic, had the idea to create an online space to continue engaging students in literacy instruction.

App State named No. 1 nationally for certified teachers

App State named No. 1 nationally for certified teachers

Appalachian State University has been recognized — for the fifth consecutive year — as the national leader for the number of Reich College of Education (RCOE) alumni who are National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT). The university topped the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ 2020 list of “Top 50 Alma Maters by Total Number of NBCTs,” with 2,178 alumni having earned the national credential to date.

2019–20 Student Teacher of the Year and finalists

2019–20 Student Teacher of the Year and finalists

Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education (RCOE) has named alumnus Brandon Moore ’20 as the 2019–20 Student Teacher of the Year award winner. Moore, who is from Kannapolis, graduated May 16, during Appalachian’s first virtual commencement, with a Bachelor of Science in English, secondary education. Additionally, the college named six award finalists for the 2019–20 academic year.


If you have any questions about the Reich College of Education or Teacher Education at App State, please email Octavia Little at littleos@appstate.edu

You may also send questions to Education Peer Ambassadors, current teacher education students and leaders in the Reich College of Education.

Spring 2021 Virtual Open House - Office of Admissions

Spring 2021 Virtual Open House - Office of Admissions

Join the Office of Admissions for an informative day designed for high school students and prospective transfer students. Meet our faculty, tour campus, and learn more about majors and programs, scholarships, financial aid, the admissions process and what it's like to be a member of the Appalachian Community.

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