Cosmetology instructors are responsible for teaching beauty school students the basics of cosmetology, and leading the class through the required coursework that prepares them for board exams and to work professionally in the field.
In order for beauty school 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. This may be accomplished through a variety of teaching techniques and methods. You must supervise students as they learn new skills, and especially closely when they begin taking on real clients in the student salon.
A core responsibility of the cosmetology instructor is to prepare lesson plans and demonstrations for their classes that align with the state’s curriculum requirements. The course of study should include objectives for the program and the students, as well as structured daily lesson plans.
Cosmetology instructors are often required to prepare and submit program budgets each year, as well as request materials and supplies for the classroom within that budget. Many schools ask their educators to get involved in the community and make connections with salons, representatives from the beauty business, conferences and other relevant people to help students network and learn from real working professionals.
You must ensure the proper equipment, tools, textbooks and supplemental materials are available to students so you can properly prepare their students for cosmetology exams and careers. It is the duty of cosmetology teachers to monitor and track the progress and performance of each of their students. You must be able to identify problem areas for students and provide the necessary support to help their students master their lessons throughout the course of the program. You must be comfortable offering constructive feedback to students to help them improve, and you must be firm in implementing the policies and procedures in place for the school.
Beauty school teachers are expected to prepare students for entry-level employment in the business. As an educator, you must help students develop the skills, knowledge and professional traits to be successful in the trade. Some schools offer job placement services to recent graduates, and educators may be expected to facilitate those connections or provide letters of recommendation for students.
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