Teacher Training

Are your cosmetology skills amongst the best in your area? Are you patient and invested in the future of cosmetology in Mississippi? If you can answer yes to these questions, you may be a perfect fit for a teacher training program in Mississippi.

Tomorrow’s cosmetologists deserve a great education, and as a cosmetology instructor, you can provide the training they need.

State License Requirements
Hours for Applicants with Less Than 2 Years Experience

Cosmetology instructors in Mississippi must meet stringent requirements laid out by the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology. You must have a valid cosmetology license, and on top of that, you need at least 750 hours of additional training. If you have less than two years of work experience as a cosmetologist, you need to complete a training program of no fewer than 2,000 hours.


  • 750 + Cosmetology License + 12 College Semester Approved by Board
  • Or 2000 Hours for Applicants with Less Than 2 Years Experience


  • Esthetician License + 600 for Applicants with 2+ Years Work Experience
  • Or 1,000 for Applicants with Less Than 2 Years Experience.


  • Manicurist License + 600 for applicants with 2+ Years Work Experience
  • Or 1,000 for Applicants with Less Than 2 Years Experience
Education Details

Cosmetology training programs are offered at a variety of places in Mississippi, from community and technical colleges to beauty schools and salons. In your training, you learn how to efficiently teach students theory and practical cosmetology skills. You may learn how to assess students at the beginning of their education, throughout their training, and when they are ready to graduate. Your instructors may teach you how to properly encourage and critique students for optimal growth and improvement.

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

When you work as a cosmetology instructor in Mississippi, you can either become a licensed instructor through an esthetician or cosmetology program as well as completing an additional 2,000 hours of work experience. This will help ensure you understand how to teach from a real perspective that can help students understand what to expect when they start teaching. The cost for your license and renewal are the same $80. You will need to renew your license every two years by the expiration date. Instructors are required to complete at least 24 hours of continuing education requirements between each renewal period.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

One major benefit of starting your career in Mississippi: the career outlook for beauty instructors is excellent. Between 2012 and 2022, O*Net anticipates a 15% increase in post-secondary vocational teaching jobs. This includes the field of beauty instruction. This job growth rate is 3% higher than the national average (O*Net, 2012). If you have extensive experience in your field, a strong reputation in your beauty community, or lots of education, you may be in even higher demand as a cosmetology instructor. Unlike cosmetologists, who get part of their income from tips and gratuities, instructors are typically paid on an annual or per-class basis. Estimates provided by O*Net indicate that the average salary for a cosmetology instructor in Mississippi is $42,800 per year. The top 10% of instructors in this state earn more than $68,800 per year (O*Net, 2013).

Working as a Cosmetology Instructor

The same reasons you may have gotten into cosmetology in the first place—changing lives, making people feel good about themselves, and interacting with a variety of people—are the same things that you may enjoy about a career in cosmetology teaching. As an instructor, you may have students that look up to you and hope to emulate your success. What you say to them and how you teach them will stick with them throughout the duration of their career, so be sure you are dedicated to education before becoming a cosmetology instructor! You may enjoy a stable, traditional schedule as a cosmetology instructor, which is one of the main differences between this career and other cosmetology careers. Courses are taught at the same time every day or every week, so you can plan around the courses you are assigned each semester. In addition, cosmetology schools are typically closed on weekends and on holidays, so you may have more time for yourself and your family. To find out how to become a well-respected cosmetology instructor, you need only look at the successful instructors in your area. Janet Bain, a cosmetology instructor of more than 20 years, emulates what this field is all about. She is passionate about teaching, loves cosmetology, and truly wants to see her students succeed.

State board Contact Information

Mississippi Board of Cosmetology
239 North Lamar, Suite 301
Jackson, MS 39201
PO Box 55689
Phone Number: 601-359-1820
Fax Number: 601-354-6639

For specific questions, please contact the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology directly for more information.

One way for cosmetologists to increase the chance of being successful in their business is by networking with other cosmetologists in their state. Below are a few of the professional associations that are available in Mississippi.

  • Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology
  • Mississippi Cosmetology Association
  • Academy of Hair Design - The Mississippi Cosmetology Council

Find the Beauty Schools in Mississippi that interest you below,

Blue Cliff College - Gulfport

12251 Bernard Parkway,
Gulfport, MS 39503

Program: Cosmetology

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