February 12, 2013
For some licensed cosmetologists and specialists, the next step in their career is to pass on their knowledge and expertise to the next generation. Cosmetology instructor programs offered by some cosmetology schools prepare these professionals to teach at cosmetology institutes and beauty schools. Some community colleges and universities also offer the training programs.
These program give experienced cosmetologists the skills needed to teach their understanding of the cosmetology industry to others. Most states require instructor candidates to pass an exam and be licensed before they are allowed to teach at a cosmetology school.
Who Becomes a Cosmetology Instructor?
Licensed cosmetologists who want to make a long-term impact in the industry often look to teaching as a way to spread their knowledge and expertise. These cosmetologists already hold a state-issued license in cosmetology or a specialty field such as esthetics. They have a wide range of experience, and are ready to share that with new students. Most instructor programs also require proof of a high school diploma or GED.
What Does A Cosmetology Instructor Do?
Instructors must be able to demonstrate and teach all of the skills necessary to become a licensed cosmetologist. This means they have to be good communicators and teachers, and also be good at a wide range of cosmetology techniques.
Most cosmetology programs are designed to teach students the skills necessary to pass the State Board exam. These exams vary from state to state, but typically require certain basic skills as well as a minimum number of hours of hands-on experience. A cosmetology instructor teaches these skill sets, supervises student work, tracks each student’s hours and enforces safety practices.
Prospective teachers are expected to be experts in the techniques they will be teaching. In general, programs teach how to be a good instructor and only touch on the material that will be taught. Instructor programs primarily focus on lesson planning, teaching techniques, record keeping procedures and grading.
What Is The Job Outlook For Instructors?
The job outlook is good for licensed instructors. Beauty colleges and cosmetology institutes are hiring highly-qualified instructors for both full time and part time work. Many instructors choose to teach part time in order to continue working in the industry as well.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that all cosmetology professions will grow 16 percent between 2010 and 2020. This is equal to the average for all occupations. The demand, however, is growing for clinical estheticians, hair colorists, and other advanced cosmetology techniques.
If you are a licensed cosmetologist who is ready to take the next step in your career, Avalon School of Cosmetology may be able to help. Our Student Instructor program may be the instructor course you’ve been looking for. We teach you the skills necessary to pass the State Board exam and land a position influencing the future of the of the cosmetology industry. Contact us today for more information.