Appalachian Community of Education Scholars

The Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES) program seeks to develop teacher leaders who will positively impact the profession through their skills in critical thinking, collaboration, reflective practice, and advocacy for equity and inclusion.

ACES is a scholars program for future teachers focusing on mentoring, leadership, service, and professional development. ACES is a program that promotes teacher leadership.  Members are active participants and leaders within the Appalachian Educators Club and Reich College of Education, in addition to a wide variety of campus activities. The ACES program provides a sense of camaraderie for future educators that promotes a passion for teaching. ACES students participate in service projects and unique professional development opportunities. 

Click here to view our program brochure


How to apply as a incoming first-year student...

Students who are interested in the ACES program must APPLY during the first application deadline for Admissions:

  1. Complete your Appalachian State University application by November 1
  2. After applying to Appalachian, complete your Application for Signature Scholarships & Selective Academic Programs by November 15 (you must apply before November 15 to be eligible for scholarships). Learn more.
    1. Be sure to select "ACES" when applying and complete the interest statement.
  3. Watch your email and your MyMountaineer portal for more information. 

When Will I Hear?

Students should hear an ACES admission decision no later than March 15. Selected students must commit to ACES by May 1.

Program Highlights

The First Year Experience

  • Easy move-in day in to an on campus residence hall with the help of upperclassmen (students reside together in a Residential Learning Community)
  • First Year Retreat to build community before classes start
  • Mentor program to help with everything from getting books to discovering Boone & the High Country
  • Seminar on Teacher Leadership course

The Second Year Experience

  • Option for guarenteed on campus housing in the Residential Learning Community
  • Mentor incoming students
  • Immersive Enrichment Trip with a focus on a urban school district

The Third Year Experience

  • School District Orientation
  • Resume workshops

The Fourth Year Experience

  • Transitional Professional Development Retreat
  • Senior Awards Ceremony


Have questions about the ACES program? Email Megan Kasper at