About RESE

Hours of Operation during Social Distancing: 

We are actively practicing social distancing, which means we remain open but limiting the number of students, faculty, and staff on campus. If you need to contact  RESE, please do so between the hours of 8:00 am and 6:00 pm via phone 828-262-2182. Or by emailing  specific staff or faculty below: 

Dr. Woodrow Trathen- trathenwr@appstate.edu -Department Chair

Melissa Issacs- isaacsm@appstate.edu- University Program Specialist

Hallie Bowen- langleyhd1@appstate.edu- Student Services Manager

Dr. Rebecca Shankland- shanklandrk@appstate.edu- Special Education Program Director

Dr. Beth Frye- fryeem@appstate.edu- Reading Education Program Director 


About RESE

Our department comprises two programs: Reading Education and Special Education. The department offers innovative programs focusing on all facets of reading, writing, language arts and specific areas of special education. We also offer the Anderson Reading Clinic, which provides direct services to children with reading disabilities.

The Reading Education program has a reputation of being the finest in the state of North Carolina. The Advanced Master's degree in reading at Appalachian offers two concentrations to persons who are interested in teaching reading and language arts: Classroom/Clinical and Adult Literacy. The Reading Education program also offers a graduate certificate and add-on license in Reading Education.

The Special Education program is one of the strongest programs in the College of Education offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. The undergraduate program prepares future teachers to work with students with disabilities. Completion of this degree leads to licensure in either Special Education: General Curriculum K-12, or Special Education: Adapted Curriculum K-12, depending on the concentration chosen. The graduate program offers a Master of Arts in Special Education, with coursework in Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, and Learning Disabilities. The program also offers a graduate certificate in Autism.

Mission Statement

The mission of RESE is to create a learning environment that fosters discovery and dissemination of knowledge to promote learning, equitable access, and enhanced learning outcomes for all students. The faculty aim to prepare educators to respect the individual needs of children and to foster a caring and creative environment that is responsive to the social, emotional, physical, intellectual development of each child. In preparing teachers and leaders to serve students and educational communities in all their rich diversity, we collaborate with community-based initiatives, seek out community partners, and continually work to discover fresh and innovative ways to approach both curriculum and pedagogy.

Vision Statement

The RESE Department will distinguish itself as a state and national leader in efforts to be responsive, engaged, and collaborative in addressing the diverse needs of its students, faculty, and community. The department and its faculty will be recognized for its excellence in teaching, research, and service and its commitment to preparing professionals to provide leadership and exemplary educational and related services to improve the lives of individuals and transform our global society.

The mission and vision of RESE embody its programs’ goals and aspirations of our faculty members and align with RCOE’s mission and vision as well as Appalachian State University’s mission and strategic plan.


Our teacher licensure programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Important Dates

Hooding Ceremony: 

Spring 2020

Saturday, May 9th 2020 


Plemmons Student Union- Parkway Ballroom

RCOE Commencement Celebration: 

Spring 2020: TBA

RCOE Commencement: 

Spring 2020

Saturday, May 9th 2020


Holmes Convocation Center

Spooky Duke 5K 2019:

Saturday, October 26th 2019

SDAP Coffee Talk Dates: 

Coming Soon! 

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