Cosmetology Instructor Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Dec 12, 2019

Cosmetologists interested in teaching others their craft can complete a certificate program for a career as a cosmetologist instructor. Programs for instructors are widely available at several institutions across the United States.

Cosmetology instructor certificate programs are usually aimed at working cosmetology professionals who wish to teach their trade. Individuals can find these programs at technical and community colleges through their professional studies departments.

Schools with Cosmetology Programs

Many colleges offer certificate programs specifically intended for becoming a cosmetology instructor. Schools that currently provide this training include:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2018-2019)*
Central Carolina Community College Sanford, NC 2-year, Public Certificate $2,544 in-state, $8,688 out-of-state
College of the Mainland Texas City, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,773 in-district, $2,973 in-state, $3,873 out-of-state
Empire Beauty Schools Pottsville, PA Less than 2-year, Private Certificate $17,000
Palo Alto College San Antonio, TX 2-year, Public Associate's $2,820 in-district, $6,300 in-state, $13,830 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

When choosing a cosmetology school, some considerations to bear in mind include:

  • Some schools provide students with the preparatory coursework to complete the Cosmetology Instructor Licensure Exam, providing them with the necessary licensure to work in the field.
  • Some cosmetology instructor programs require students to take an instructional practicum that provides direct hands-on experience teaching cosmetology students.
  • Schools located in larger and more populated areas may have more opportunities for students to find work after graduation.

Certificate of Completion - Cosmetology Instructor

Cosmetology instructor certificate programs can take 18 months to two years to complete. The program builds upon education and experience received as a cosmetologist. The curriculum explores teaching methodologies, as well as lecturing and recordkeeping. Prior to completion of the program, learners gain hands-on experience planning lessons and training students through one or several practicum experiences. Graduates of the program will be prepared to complete a state examination to become a licensed cosmetology instructor.

Cosmetology instructor programs help students gain the necessary skills to teach and to gain state licensure after graduation. Students are taught a combination of cosmetology methodologies and general management skills in these programs.

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