Is Becoming A Cosmetology Instructor Right For You?

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Licensed 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 (once licensed).

Is Becoming A Cosmetology Instructor Right For You?

They are expected to prepare students for entry-level employment in the business by fulfilling duties such as preparing and teaching the material of a syllabus, mentoring and testing students, and grading students’ work and exams. Cosmetology instructors may also be required to participate in school events and administrative meetings. In addition to these daily duties, instructors in this field should expect to spend many hours may be standing, and working with chemicals in pleasant, well-lit environments.

If this sounds like a potential career path for you, that’s great! In order to help you determine if a career as a Cosmetology instructor may be right for you, we have compiled a list of reasons to train to become a Cosmetology instructor, as well as laid out the path to becoming a Cosmetology Instructor.

Reasons to Train to Become a Cosmetology Instructor

Helping Others

If you have a passion for helping others and leading by example, a career in teaching may be the right path for you. Instructors oftentimes play a key role in motivating students and providing guidance to them. They are responsible for providing the necessary training and knowledge to ensure that their students are prepared to enter and excel in the workplace.  Do you have a desire to help develop the beauty professionals of tomorrow?  Perhaps you want to back within this profession.  If you answered yes to either, a career as a cosmetology instructor could be for you!

Opportunities for Career Growth and Flexibility

Those trained to become a Cosmetology Instructor (once they are licensed) may find entry-level employment as cosmetology and nail technician instructors, school directors, state board members, and state board inspectors. Jobs in this field can be found in trade and beauty schools, community colleges, and other types of higher learning or career training institutions.

Qualities and Skills of Cosmetology Instructor

If the duties and reasons listed above have helped spark your interest in pursuing a career as Cosmetology Instructor, that’s great! A career as a cosmetology instructor can be very rewarding. However, before you decide to embark on this exciting journey there are some things you should consider.  It is very important to make sure that this career is the right fit.  This is to ensure that you will excel and succeed in your pursuit of becoming a cosmetology instructor.

To work as a cosmetology instructor, it is important to have certain key skills, such as teaching ability, communication skills, presentation skills, multi-tasking skills, interpersonal skills, organizational skills, adaptability skills and computer skills, such as word processing and data entry.

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, as well as ensure their students grasp the importance of safe practices for their clients, themselves and their work environments.

Requirements to Become a Cosmetology Instructor

Once you’ve determined that a career as Cosmetology Instructor is right for you, it’s time to consider the path to becoming one. Training requirements to become a cosmetology school educator differ from state to state, but the following are general requirements.

There are a few requirements to becoming a cosmetology instructor. First, many people in this position are required to complete a vocational training program, certificate program or associate’s degree program in cosmetology. Active Cosmetology licensure is mandatory and sometimes an additional cosmetology instructor’s license is required. In Michigan, those who wish to work as a Cosmetology Instructor must have a Cosmetology Instructor license.

In addition to obtaining a license, Cosmetology instructors often have 2-5 years of salon or cosmetology industry experience before they step into the instructor role. Prior teaching experience is also sometimes preferred.  Be sure to check out the requirements in your specific state if you’re interested in becoming a cosmetology instructor!

Cosmetology Instructor training in Michigan |Dorsey School of Beauty

Becoming A Cosmetology Instructor - Dorsey Schools Michigan

So, whether you are looking for a profession with great opportunities, or a one that allows you to help others, a cosmetology instructor may be the career choice for you! Our Cosmetology Instructor program in Michigan  provides students with a solid foundation in all phases of cosmetology, as well as in-depth instruction in the areas of developing, administering and grading examinations, classroom management, lesson plan development, teaching methods for various student learning styles, laws and rules of cosmetology, record keeping, school administration, and more. Throughout the course of this program, students will also have the opportunity to obtain valuable hands-on experience by practicing and honing their teaching skills in the clinic and theory classrooms at Dorsey School of Beauty.

Enroll in the Cosmetology Instructor program at Dorsey School of Beauty today and get the career training you need to begin your journey towards becoming a cosmetology instructor. To learn more about the Cosmetology Instructor program at Dorsey School of Beauty, call 888-422-1188 or contact us.

The Cosmetology Instructor program is currently offered at the Dorsey School of Beauty Taylor, MI campus location.


Taylortown School of Beauty operates as Dorsey School of Beauty and/or Dorsey Schools (Taylor Campus location).  The Taylor, MI campus is accredited by NACCAS and is a Main Campus.


Reviewed and edited 12/6/17