Beauty, Cosmetology & Massage
Cosmetology Education

If you have a passion for cosmetology and for teaching the future cosmetologists of the world, a degree or certification in Cosmetology Education may be the perfect fit.

Types of Degrees

Cosmetology Education students typically pursue a certification program after already completing an associate degree (2 years) in Cosmetology, passing the state Cosmetology exam, and practicing as a professional Cosmetologist. Instruction in Cosmetology Education differs from state to state, as some states require certification and others do not. Nonetheless, most programs provide between six months and two years of instruction.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required, as is at least two years of experience as a professional Cosmetologist and active licensure to practice Cosmetology. Usually, students pursuing a Cosmetology Education degree or certification must already have completed an associate degree or certification program before practicing as a Cosmetology Educator. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Cosmetology Education Degree

Typically, a graduate of a Cosmetology Education program pursues a career as a Cosmetology Instructor, though work experience as a professional Cosmetologist and a degree in Cosmetology Education can also lead to jobs at professional, high-end salons.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a Career and Technical Education Teacher was $58,110 in 2019. (1)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on the career chosen but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.