At The University of Aesthetics & Cosmetology in Downers Grove, our Cosmetology Instructor program prepares licensed cosmetologists to become Illinois licensed Cosmetology Instructors. Our licensed educators bring real-world experience to help graduates become prepared for employment as instructors.
About Cosmetology Instructors
The primary purpose of this Cosmetology Instructor course is to train the student in the basic teaching skills, educational judgments, safety judgments, proper work habits, and desirable attitudes necessary to obtain licensure and for competency as an instructor or related position.
1,000 hours or 500 hours*
*Must have 2 years of licensed experience.
Upon completion of the course requirements, the determined graduate will be able to:
- Project a positive attitude and a sense of personal integrity and self-confidence.
- Practice proper grooming, effective communication skills, and visible poise.
- Understand employer–employee relationships and respect the need to deliver worthy service for value received.
- Perform the basic skills necessary for teaching, including writing lesson plans, performing lectures and demonstrations, directing student projects, using library resources and audiovisual aids, conducting theory class instruction and measuring student achievement, supervising clinic operations, and maintaining required student records.
- Apply the theory, technical information, and related matter to ensure sound judgments, decisions, and procedures.
To ensure continued career success, the graduate will continue to learn new and current information related to techniques, communication skills, and teaching methodologies to improve teaching skills.
Post-Graduate School Training*: 500 hours of post-graduate school training that includes orientation and all subjects in the basic aesthetics curriculum in Section 1175.530, including theory and practice. Presentation of material must include the concepts that are intended to be taught and the skills to be acquired during the various phases of basic education.
Education Psychology: 20 hours of Educational Psychology that shall include, but not be limited to, topics in educational objectives, student characteristics and development, the learning process and an evaluation of learning that relates to teaching. These hours shall be waived on behalf of nail technology teacher students who have completed a course in Educational Psychology at an accredited college or university.
Teaching Methods: 20 hours of Teaching Methods (Theory) that shall include, but not be limited to, topics in individual differences in learning, lesson planning and design, lesson delivery, assessment of learning performance, classroom management, student motivation and classroom climate. These hours shall be waived on behalf of nail technology students who have completed a course in Teaching Methods-Secondary Level at an accredited college or university.
Application of Teaching Methods: 150 hours of Application of Teaching Methods that include: preparation and organization of subject matter to be presented on a unit by unit basis; and presentation of subject matter through application of varied methods (lecture, demonstration, testing and assignments). Presentations must provide teaching objectives to be accomplished and correlate theoretical with practical application.
- Business Methods: 50 hours of Business Methods that include Professionalism; Resume Development; Interview Preparation; Job Search Skills; inventory, recordkeeping, interviewing, supplies, The IL Barber, Cosmetology, Aesthetics, Hair Braiding, and Nail Technology Act of 1985., and the Workers’ Compensation Act.
Student Teaching: 260 hours of Student Teaching under the on-site supervision of an Illinois licensed teacher. The student teacher shall present theoretical and practical demonstrations to students in the basic curriculum.
*250 hours of post-graduate training is not included within the Aesthetics Instructor 500 hour program.
Section 1175.400 Licensure by Examination – Cosmetology
- a) Eligibility. Each applicant must meet the following requirements (see Section 3-2 or 3-3 of the Act) prior to filing an application for the cosmetologist examination:
1) Be at least 16 years of age;
2) Be a high school graduate or its equivalent or be beyond the age of compulsory school attendance;
- A) Pursuant to Section 3-2 of the Act, graduate from a cosmetology school approved by the Division that meets the requirements set forth in Subpart E; or
- B) Pursuant to Section 3-3 of the Act, graduate from a barber school approved by the Division that meets the requirements set forth in Subpart C.
- b) Application. Each applicant shall file an application for examination, on forms provided by the Division. The application shall include:
1) An official transcript showing successful completion of the required training outlined in Section 3-2(c) or 3-3(c) of the Act and a passing grade on the final examination administered by the school as set forth in Section 1175.540;
2) The required fee set forth in Section 1175.100;
3) Official transcripts showing successful completion of remedial training when required by Section 3-6 of the Act or Section 1175.410 of this Part;
4) Proof of any name change (i.e., marriage license, divorce decree, affidavit or court order) if the applicant’s name is other than that shown on any documents submitted;
5) If licensed as a cosmetologist in another state, a certification of licensure from the state of original licensure and from the state of current licensure or most recent practice; and
6) The examination fee required by the Department’s testing service.
- c) Examination. Each applicant shall take and pass the cosmetology examination as required in Section 1175.410.
- d) An applicant’s training received from a cosmetology school or similar institution located in another state, other jurisdiction of the United States, or foreign jurisdiction must substantially comply with the requirements set forth in Subpart E. An applicant seeking credit for training or licensure in a foreign country must provide educational training credentials and transcripts and/or evidence of licensure to determine if the applicant’s program substantially complies with the requirements set forth in Subparts D and E. The Board may, as a means of assisting it in the review of foreign country training or licensure, require an applicant to submit his/her educational training credentials and transcripts and/or evidence of licensure to an approved education credentialing evaluation service or similar service approved by the Board for evaluation at the cost to the applicant. The Board may also require additional coursework or a 250-hour cosmetology refresher course from a school licensed by the Division as set forth in Section 1175.531. The Board may also require an applicant to appear for an interview before the Board or to provide additional information to assist the Board in its evaluation of the applicant’s training.
(Source: Amended at 42 Ill. Reg. 15159, effective August 10, 2018)
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