Online Training Programs and Courses for Cosmetology Instructors

Online courses for cosmetology instructors are very rare due to the necessity for hands-on training. On-campus and hybrid programs are offered at 2-year technical and community colleges and are designed for licensed cosmetologists.

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Cosmetology Instructor Courses

Here is a list of some of the courses typically found in training programs for prospective cosmetology instructors. These courses are primarily available on-campus rather than online:

  • Instructor Theory Course: In this course, students generally learn teaching and supervision methods and theories of instruction. Emphasis is placed on projecting a professional image and communicating effectively.
  • Salon Management Course: This course usually covers various administrative duties and legal issues arising in salon management, such as sterilization and sanitation laws. Employee management and customer service skills are also taught in this course.
  • Curriculum Planning Course: Typically, this course offers an overview on the successful development of cosmetology lesson plans. Students learn how to build a lesson plan using tools such as visual aids and demonstrations.
  • Testing Course: Usually, testing practices are comprehensively studied in this course, with emphasis placed on examination planning, proctoring and scoring. Coursework also covers special learner needs and academic policy.
  • Practicum Course: This course, which usually takes place toward the end of the program, is designed to give students hands-on experience in a laboratory or salon setting with instructor feedback. The class focuses on the implementation of instructional skills for cosmetology and reviews topics covered in state licensing examinations.
  • Career Development Course: Typically, this course provides students with knowledge n professional ethics and decorum, human relations and salesmanship. Generally, it is split into both classroom instruction and hands-on experience.
  • Professional Communications Course: This course helps aspiring cosmetology instructors to improve their public speaking skills. That way, they can communicate ideas effectively to their students through lectures, discussions and personal conferences.
  • Manicuring Instructor Course: This course focuses specifically on how to teach aspiring manicurists, including how to prepare manicurist students for licensure in states that require it. Upon completion, graduates are ready to take the State Board Manicuring Instructor Licensing Exam.

Program Information

Cosmetology licensing requirements vary by state, and most cosmetology instructor programs are restricted to licensed cosmetologists with professional experience. Online training for instructors is rarely available due to the importance of hands-on and supervised experience. Only a few programs combine online coursework with in-person academic studies. On-campus programs feature a mix of classroom instruction and practicum experience, often in the school's salon.

Generally, programs award a certificate upon completion, which can be used to fulfill requirements for a state's cosmetology instructor examination. Associate's degree programs are also available. Completion of a cosmetology instructor program can lead to employment as an instructor at both private and public institutions, or at a salon.

Although it is not usually possible to become a cosmetology instructor through online coursework, there are many on-campus programs available for aspiring instructors. Some programs also include a limited amount of online training.

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