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Cosmetology Instructor Training Programs and Schools

Licensed cosmetologists who are interested in teaching can become cosmetology instructors, teaching others to become hair designers, nail technicians, estheticians or cosmetologists. Read on to find out more about cosmetology instructor training schools and programs.

What You Need to Know

Instructor training programs prepare you to take the state licensing examination required for teaching cosmetology. To qualify for admission to a cosmetology instructor training program, you must usually have a current license in cosmetology.

Programs Certificate, Associate's
Courses Cosmetology instructor, supervision, team building, composition and rhetoric, business principles
Schools Those that stress preparation for the state's licensing board examination are ideal

Sources: Lee College, Lone Star College

What Kinds of Cosmetology Training Programs Are Available?

You'll typically find certificate and associate's degree programs in cosmetology instruction. The main differences between the two types of programs are the duration and general coursework. Associate's degree programs usually take two years to complete and include general education courses, and certificate programs usually only contain professional studies that can be covered in about a year. Due to the hands-on nature of the training, these programs aren't usually offered online.

How Can I Choose a School?

While practical application in the classroom helps you to build your skills, schools that provide you with internship opportunities give you real-world experience and allow you to develop professional contacts that could be helpful for future employment. If you're currently employed as a cosmetologist, some schools allow credit for your job to apply toward your certificate or degree. You'll also want to look for programs that adequately prepare you for your state's licensing board examination in cosmetology instruction. The following schools offer cosmetology instructor training programs:

  • Lone Star College
  • Lee College
  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • Empire Beauty Schools
  • College of the Mainland

What Prerequisites Will I Need to Meet?

In many cases, you'll need to be licensed to enroll in a cosmetology instructor training program. Some schools require you to have a valid license in cosmetology, though a few accept licenses in nail technology or those required for related professions. Depending on the program, it might be necessary for you to be licensed as a master cosmetologist.

Many programs also require work experience. You'll most likely need 1-2 years of practical experience working as a licensed cosmetologist to meet admission and graduation requirements for a cosmetology instructor training program.

What Courses Could I Take in a Certificate Program?

If you choose a certificate program, you'll usually take a combination of instructor preparation and business courses specifically tailored to the cosmetology industry. Cosmetology business courses might include cosmetology laws and regulations, salon management and record keeping. You might also find some of the following course topics in your program:

  • Basic principles of teaching
  • Learning theory
  • Teaching methods
  • Lesson plan preparation
  • Classroom management
  • Evaluation methods

What About Courses in an Associate's Degree?

In addition to the types of courses found in certificate curricula, associate's degree programs, like an Associate of Applied Science in Cosmetology Instruction, include general and specific cosmetology instruction theory. Many programs share similar curricula. Consider some of these topics you may cover in your associate's degree program:

  • Personal health
  • Small business management
  • Clinic operation