Appalachian students are passionate and compassionate. They are called to sustain education within their communities and to inspire the next generation.

I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, and I chose Appalachian because its reputation of being a great school for teacher education is unmatched. Teaching is in my blood; my parents and grandparents wanted to be teachers but never completed college. In a way, I am living out their dreams. As a teacher, I FIRST hope to inspire confidence in my students. I want to teach them that kindness is not a weakness, but a powerful weapon that can change the world in which we live. Teaching allows me to be an example for young people and to help them become the best versions of themselves. –Brandon Moore '20

Here, prospective and current students will find the information they need to become quality educators:

Prospective Students

Discover the Reich College of Education:

  • Apply to Appalachian
  • Explore undergraduate and graduate programs 
  • Learn about distance education opportunities.

Current Students

Find resources designed to help you make the most of your time at Appalachian:

  • Apply to the Reich College of Education
  • Explore scholarships
  • Discover field experiences
  • Complete licensure and certification requirements
  • Complete a Criminal Background Check (required for field experiences)
  • Consider our Accelerated Admission opportunities (earn both your Appalachian bachelor's and master's in teacher education)
  • Find important forms and testing information

James Center for Appalachian Educators

The mission of the James Center for Appalachian Educators is to recruit, support, and retain teacher education majors during their tenure at Appalachian to ensure success in the classroom. The James Center coordinates many college events as well as campus visits and tours:

  • Prospective student visits
  • Freshman Preview Day
  • Residential Learning communities

Career Services

Connect with the Reich College of Education career consultant, Maureen Cathey, for help with the following:

  • Major Exploration
  • Career Exploration
  • Resume & Cover Letter Development/Critiques
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Internships and Part-Time Jobs
  • Professional Presence Preparation
  • and more!

Transition to Teaching

It is never too late to become an educator. Whether you have just graduated from a four-year college or graduated some time ago, the Appalachian Transition to Teaching Program (ATTP) provides assistance for those seeking "Alternative Teacher Licensure."