Becoming an effective cosmetology teacher takes more than experience in the field and a passion for the industry. What is equally important, is the ability to teach students effectively. If you are a licensed cosmetologist, manicurist, esthetician or barber who wants to use your expertise to train future cosmetology specialists, you’ll need to complete a teacher-training program first. These programs build upon your knowledge of the profession to make you a more effective teacher.
It’s important to select a teacher-training program carefully to make sure you’re getting the best possible education. When looking at cosmetology schools that offer training programs, look at the curriculum to see what courses are included. A good cosmetology teacher-training program will include courses in developing a teaching portfolio, preparing coursework, delivering lessons, supervising students, testing and evaluating students and developing teaching skills. In other words, a good program will give you all of the information you need to become an effective cosmetology teacher.
Before you’re able to work as a teacher, you’ll probably need to earn licensure in the state you want to teach in. Professional licensure is required in most states and is earned only after completing an appropriate program of study and passing a licensing exam.
To be eligible to enroll in a training program, you must have completed an approved cosmetology program. And though it’s not mandatory for enrollment, it’s advised that students who are interested in taking a teacher training program work in their chosen field to gain professional experience in the industry. It is this experience that separates the best teachers from the bunch and makes them more sought after by cosmetology schools once they graduate. The more professional experience you have, the easier it will be for you to land a teaching position at one of the top cosmetology schools.