Cosmetology Teacher Job Description
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As the cosmetology industry continues to grow, so does the demand for cosmetology teachers to train and instruct those pursuing careers in this industry. Cosmetology instruction is a career best suited for people who not only have interest in beauty care, but also in developing skills in others.
Cosmetology instructors are responsible to teach their students about the basics of cosmetology. In order for their students to gain full understanding of the art and science of cosmetology, instructors must also be able to explain aspects of physiology and anatomy of the body as they relate to cosmetology. Furthermore, it is the cosmetology teacher's responsibility to ensure their students grasp the importance of safe practices for their clients, themselves and their work environments.
Cosmetology teachers must also prepare lesson plans and demonstrations for their classes. They must ensure the proper equipment, tools and supplemental materials are available to properly prepare their students for cosmetology careers.
Finally, it is the duty of cosmetology teachers to monitor and track the progress and performance of each of their students. They must be able to identify problem areas for students and provide the necessary support to help their students master their lessons.
Program requirements may differ from state to state, but typically candidates pursuing a career in teaching cosmetology are expected to have a number of years of experience working in the field. Some schools that offer courses in teaching cosmetology may lessen the number of hours required in course study and training if their work experience is extensive. Visit the State Beauty License Requirements Page to find out the required hours for becoming a cosmetology teacher in your state.
In order to be a cosmetology teacher, one must first be a licensed cosmetologist. After complimenting their license with experience, candidates will then be eligible to enroll in a cosmetology teacher training program. Candidates must complete a specific number of hours in a cosmetology teacher training program before they will be permitted to take a board certified exam to obtain their license to teach. Program requirements and exams vary from state to state.
Once licensed, cosmetology teachers can expect to work in typical air-conditioned classrooms and salon-style settings. Instructors may teach courses online or in classrooms for general student studies and then perform demonstrations and offer students practice opportunities in salon-type rooms. Cosmetology teachers may spend long periods of time on their feet throughout a typical work-day and work fluctuating hours depending on the schools they work for.
Cosmetology instructors must possess a thorough understanding of the cosmetology industry and the aspects of skin, hair and nail care. In addition, they must be able to effectively communicate to deliver lessons and be able to practice patience with students as they learn new skills and lessons. It is also important that cosmetology teachers are well-organized individuals as they will need to maintain accurate student records and keep track of multiple lesson plans. They should also be prepared to handle multiple classes, possibly with students of different experiences and skill sets.
Instructors are required to complete a specific number of cosmetology teacher training, or continuing education hours, annually in order to maintain their license within their state of employment. This training keeps teachers abreast of the latest trends and advancements within the cosmetology industry.
Cosmetology teachers may also pursue other careers such as becoming a cosmetology school owner, guest speaker for schools or even branch out to become a make-up artist.
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