B.A. in African and Afro-American Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed teaching certification in secondary social studies education from North Carolina Central University while participating in the NCTEACH program. Carland serves on the University-School Teacher Education Program advisory board for the School of Education at North Carolina Central University. Currently, Carland works at Durham (NC) School of the Arts serving as Department Chairperson for Middle School Social Studies. He serves as Student Council Adviser, and is an elected member of the Faculty Advisory Council.