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Cosmetology Instructor Certificate Option - C55160

The Cosmetology Instructor curriculum provides a course of study for learning the skills needed to teach the theory and practice of cosmetology as required by the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts. Course work includes requirements for becoming an instructor, introduction to teaching theory, methods and aids, practice teaching, and development of evaluation instruments. 


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Associate in Applied Science—A55140

The Cosmetology curriculum is designed to provide competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the cosmetology industry. The curriculum provides a simulated salon environment that enables students to develop manipulative skills.

Course work includes instruction in all phases of professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skin care, nail care, multicultural practices, business/computer principles, product knowledge, and other selected topics.

Graduates should qualify to sit for the State Board of Cosmetic Arts examination. Upon successfully passing the State Board exam, graduates will be issued a license. Employment is available in beauty salons and related businesses.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • determine needs and preferences of clients in order to safely and competently deliver services as they relate to cosmetology services.
  • demonstrate the proper practices of manicuring, pedicuring, nail application, facials, shampooing, massage and scalp treatment, hair cutting and styling, hair coloring and hair lightening, chemically restructuring hair,and wig services.
  • interact and communicate successfully with coworkers as part of a working team.
  • practice cosmetology art within the ethical and legal framework of the profession.
  • understand basic skills of marketing, small business management, and maintaining records.
  • demonstrate the ability to read, understand, and complete safe and effective use of a wide range of cosmetology products.
  • demonstrate a working knowledge of computing concepts, components, and basic office applications.


Students shall spend 300 hours in this department before entering the advanced department and shall not work on members of the public during this 300 hours. The hours earned in this department shall be devoted to Cosmetology Study and Mannequin Practice (first semester).


The hours earned in the Advanced Department shall be devoted to the studies and live model performance completions. Work in this department may be done on the public. Students with fewer than 300 hours shall not work in this department.


Students successfully completing this program are required to pass the state board exam and work under the supervision of a licensed cosmetologist for a minimum of six months before being issued a cosmetologist license. Students successfully completing the following courses and 1,500 cosmetology contact hours will receive a certificate:

COS 111 COS 115
COS 112  COS 116
COS 113 COS 223 or COS 240
COS 114  


COS 117 COS 118


Students successfully completing the following courses and 1,500 cosmetology contact hours will receive a diploma:

COS 111 COS 116
COS 112 COS 117
COS 113 COS 118
COS 114 ENG 111
COS 115 MAT 140 or BIO 140 and BUS 121


66 semester hours and 1,500 cosmetology contact hours

Additional coursework required:

Fall Semester Hours
  Course Title Course Category Class Lab Clinical Credit
ACA 111 College Student Success Other 1 0 0 1
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers Major 2 2 0 3
ENG 111 Expository Writing General 3 0 0 3
  * Elective from list Major       3
  Humanities Elective General       3


SpringSemester Hours
  Course Title Course Category Class Lab Clinical Credit
ENG 114 Professional Research and Reporting General 3 0 0 3
MAT 140 Survey of Mathematics General 3 0 0 3
BIO 140 Environmental Biology General 3 0 0 3
BUS 121 Business Math General 2 2 0 3
  *Elective from list Major       3
  Social/behavioral science elective General       3

Note: English and mathematics courses may require prep courses (those courses numbered below 100) dependent on

placement test scores. It may, therefore, require more than two years completing the associate degree requirements.

* Students will select 6 credit hours from the following list of courses:

BUS 151  People Skills

BUS 230  Small Business Management

BUS 270  Professional Development

COE 113  Co-op Work Experience I

COE 123  Co-op Work Experience II

COS 223  Contemporary Hair Coloring

COS 240  Contemporary Design

COS 250  Computerized Salon Operations 1

The Stanly Community College Cosmetology Department will not certify any student to the State Board of Cosmetic Arts unless all graduation requirements are successfully completed.


The College reserves the right to test the student in any subjects missed in the Cosmetology curriculum due to transfer from another cosmetology curriculum. Tests to determine proficiency may be written, oral, laboratory, or any combination of these.

Credits earned in this evaluation may qualify the student for advanced standing. Returning students may be requested to demonstrate proficiencies as determined by the program head.


Contact: David Smith, Gena Trogdon

* Programs marked with an asterisk (*) are available online.

Stanly Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Stanly Community College.

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