Cosmetology - Curriculum

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 which 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.

Cosmetology programs are approved and governed by the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts.

Cosmetology Instructor

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.

Graduates of the program may be employed as cosmetology instructors in public or private education and business.

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Cosmetology - Program Outcomes

  1. Students will understand the importance of infection control by demonstrating mastery of the proper use and safe handling of disinfectants by means of Universal Precautions.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the contraindications associated with the care of hair, skin, and nails professionally.
  3. Students will demonstrate, using mannequin or live model, an understanding of all the phases of imaging and hair designing.
  4. Students will demonstrate and have an understanding of a basic haircut implementing all safety and sanitation practices.
  5. Students will demonstrate a hair and scalp analysis, determine pressing method to be used, elect and use the correct supplies, and press entire head implementing safety measures.
  6. Students will demonstrate on a mannequin or live model the types of thermal curls/thermal waving incorporated into a style implementing safety measures.
  7. Students will make the preliminary preparations for a chemical curl and complete the chemical curl process, using a mannequin or live model.
  8. Students will understand the different color classifications, demonstrate sectioning and application of color, and determine if tint can be given safely.
  9. Student will understand the management and business operations of a salon.
  10. Nails and facials.

Some programs at Edgecombe Community College lead to a license and/or certification in North Carolina. Beginning July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education regulations require disclosures for all programs leading to a license or certification. Disclosures will be provided for all states and will indicate whether the program meets licensure requirements, does not meet licensure requirements or has not yet been determined for each state.

Cosmetology Disclosure

Cosmetology - Contact

Carolyn Sherrill

Program Chair/Instructor - Cosmetology

Cosmetic Arts Building, Tarboro Campus
(252) 618-6602