At The University of Aesthetics & Cosmetology in Downers Grove, our Aesthetics Instructor programs prepares licensed aestheticians to become Illinois licensed Aestheticians Instructors. Our licensed educators bring real-world experience to help graduates be prepared for employment as instructors.
About Aesthetics Instructors
The primary purpose of this Aesthetics 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.
750 hours, 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*: 250 hours of post-graduate school training that includes orientation and all subjects in the basic aesthetics curriculum in Section 1175.835, 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.
(225 ILCS 410/3A-3) (From Ch. 111, par. 1703A-3)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2026)
Sec. 3A-3. Licensure as an aesthetics teacher; qualifications.
(a) A person is qualified to receive a license as an aesthetics teacher if that person has applied in writing on forms supplied by the Department, paid the required fees, and:
(1) is at least 18 years of age;
(2) has graduated from high school or its equivalent;
(3) has a current license as a licensed cosmetologist or esthetician;
(4) has either: *(i) completed a program of 500 hours of teacher training in a licensed school of cosmetology or a licensed aesthetics school and had 2 years of practical experience as a licensed cosmetologist or esthetician within 5 years preceding the examination; or (ii) completed a program of 750 hours of teacher training in a licensed school of cosmetology approved by the Department to teach aesthetics or a licensed aesthetics school;
(5) has passed an examination authorized by the Department to determine eligibility to receive a license as a licensed cosmetology or aesthetics teacher;
(6) (blank); and
(7) has met any other requirements as required by this Act.
(c) An applicant who is issued a license as an aesthetics teacher is not required to maintain an aesthetics license in order to practice as an esthetician as defined in this Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-911, eff. 1-1-15.)
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