Careers in Education

Obtaining affordable, quality child care, especially for children under age 5, is a major concern for many parents, particularly in recent years with the rise in families with two working parents. Sandhills prepares individuals to work with children from birth through age eight.

Many individuals desire to enter the field of Education as a teacher, yet have experience, training and a college degree in another field. The lateral entry program allows people to transition from business or industry into the field of Education.


Employment Prospects

Jobs in the child care services industry are projected to grow about 34 percent over the 2006-2016 period. Demand will grow significantly for child care programs that can provide care during not only traditional weekday hours, but nontraditional hours as well. In addition, school-aged children, who generally require childcare only before and after school, increasingly are being cared for in centers.

Job prospects are expected to be favorable for teachers, with particularly good prospects for teachers in high-demand fields like math, science, and bilingual education, or in less desirable urban or rural school districts.


Our Programs

In the area of Education, Sandhills Community College offers several paths to enter the field.

Early Childhood Education

Lateral Entry


We also partner with UNC-Pembroke and St. Andrews Presbyterian College to offer advanced degrees in Education on the Sandhills Community College campus in Pinehurst.

UNC-Pembroke: Master of Arts in Education-Elementary Education and Master of Arts in Education-Reading

St. Andrews Presbyterian College: BS in Elementary Education and courses leading to Teacher Licensure.


Sandhills Community College  |  3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374  |  (910) 692-6185  |  (800) 338-3944