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 Appalachian
  • Explore RCOE undergraduate and graduate programs 
  • Learn about distance education opportunities

Already an Appalachian student, learn more about applying to the Reich College of Education.

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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
  • Home to Appalachian's only doctoral program

Focus on Student Success

  • Over 300 students awarded almost $700,000 in scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year
  • 100 full-time faculty members
  • Average class size:
    • Undergraduate: 27 students
    • Graduate: 15 students
    • Doctoral: 10 students
  • International opportunities in 6 countries
  • Graduates approximately 500 teachers per year
  • Ranked 1st of Top 50 Alma Maters by Total Number of National Board Certified Teachers for 2016
  • All 100 counties in North Carolina employ and RCOE teacher or administrator

Award-winning Faculty and Alumni

  • Fulbright Fellowships: Dr. Vachel Miller (2015-2016), Dr. John Tashner (2014)
  • UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching: Dr. Tracy Wilson Smith (2017)
  • Darcy Grimes ’06 was selected as the North Carolina Teacher of the Year for 2012-2013
  • Dr. Jim Brooks ’85 ’97 ’11 was one of five U.S. educators inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame, Class of 2012