ACES is a 4-year scholar program for future teachers focusing on mentoring, leadership, service, and professional development.
Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES) is a program that promotes teacher leadership. Members are active participants and leaders within the Appalachian Educators Club, 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.
Students who are interested in the ACES program must APPLY during the first application deadline as a first-year student:
- Complete your Appalachian State University application by November 1.
- After applying to Appalachian, complete your Application for Academic and Merit Scholarship Opportunities by January 3 (you must apply before November 15 to be eligible for scholarships). Learn more.
- Be sure to select "ACES" when applying and complete the interest statement.
- 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.
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
- Correspondance with a professional mentor