The Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES) learning community is for future teachers who are interested in service and leadership opportunities. ACES is a 4-year scholar program for future teachers focusing on mentoring, leadership, service, and professional development. The community also provides a support network for freshman educators that begins with early move-in and our Freshman Retreat. The ACES community is housed in the Living Learning Center (LLC) with the Language & Culture and Watauga Residential College programs.

Members of ACES will have the opportunity to:
  • Receive academic and advising support for education coursework
  • Become involved in clubs and student organizations
  • Participate in enrichment trips/coursework to help prepare them for their roles as future teacher leaders
  • Build relationships with other students who are interested in pursuing a career in education
  • Develop a connection with the Appalachian community
Members of ACES will be expected to:
  • Participate in cohort activities and events
  • Support the academic success of community members
  • Serve as leaders in the Reich College of Education
  • Maintain service hours
  • Attend professional development opportunities
Sponsoring Departments
Reich College of Education - James Center for Appalachian Educators

The Reich College of Education offers a broad range of comprehensive degree programs at the Baccalaureate, Masters, Specialist, and Doctoral levels, as well as programs leading to particular certifications and licenses. The College seeks to provide a well-balanced program of classroom and clinical experiences while maintaining a cooperative, forward-thinking posture.

The James Center for Student Success & Advising , named after Steve and Judy James, serves to recruit, support, and retain teacher education majors during their tenure at Appalachian State University to ensure success in the classroom. The James Center provides information for prospective students, professional development opportunities, and services for current students.

RLC Questions?

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I especially love all of the service opportunities and activities that ACES participate in. It is such a great way to get involved, meet new people and just have fun!

Hayley, ACES