What is the cosmetology school curriculum?

Beauty School Curricula

Curious what curriculum to expect in beauty school?

Congratulations on choosing beauty school as your future career path! As you’re preparing to choose a school and enroll, you are probably wondering what to expect from the program outline and curriculum. While each state and school may handle the curriculum a little differently from one another for the different programs (cosmetologybarberingmakeup artistrynail technology, and esthetics among others), there are some common components that most schools share. For example, many schools use the same curriculum foundation and the same set of textbooks. Beauty Schools Directory has compiled information about what to expect from the curriculum and the vendors you may encounter when you enroll. 

What does a sample cosmetology school curriculum look like?

Each state has unique curriculum requirements for each of the programs for which they offer licenses, so we always urge you to contact your own state licensing board to find out what your state requires schools to teach. Each state may also require a different amount of training hours to get licensed for the individual programs. Below is a sample cosmetology school curriculum, and it may not apply to your state or school.

  • Science: Infection Control, Chemistry, Electricity/Light Therapy, Anatomy, Physiology, Trichology
  • Hair Technique: Hairstyling, Hair Cutting & Shaping, Hair Coloring, Chemical Texture Services, Scalp Treatments, Hair Treatments
  • Other Technique: Skin Care Treatments, Cosmetics Application, Nail Technology Services
  • Professional Development: Ethics, Communication, Payment/Compensation, Licensing Requirements, Licensing Laws, Business Management, Client Record-Keeping

Again, you should speak to the individual schools about their specific curriculum outline. Look at the programs the school offers, and the list of courses each program includes. Read through the descriptions of the courses, and find out whether the class will be measured in credits, clock hours or competencies. Understand what instructional methods the teachers are using, and their grading procedures so you know how you will be assessed. Ask the admissions representatives what the expected outcomes of the program will be, and how they will prepare you to not just pass the exams and get your license, but to have a successful career in the long-term.