Prospective Students

Become an educator!

Prospective students are invited to discover the Reich College of Education (RCOE) at Appalachian State University:

  • Visit the Admissions page to apply to App State
  • Explore RCOE undergraduate and graduate programs 
  • Learn about online opportunities
  • Schedule a visit to learn more

Choose the Reich College of Education

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.

Apply to Appalachian

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Visit the Admissions page to apply to Appalachian State University.

Explore Programs

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Explore our undergraduate and graduate majors, specialist degree programs and doctoral program.

App State Online

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Can’t come to campus? Campus will come to you. Explore App State Online opportunities.

Schedule a Visit

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The James Center for Student Success & Advising coordinates many college events as well as campus visits and tours. 

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