Programs at Innovations Design Academy

innovations3Cosmetology and Cosmetology Instructor Outlines:

Cosmetology course of study is a 1500 clocked hour program of training.  Each of the subjects listed below will be covered in theory and practical work.

1.    Basic Training:
150 hours of classroom instruction in general theory and practical application shall be provided that shall include a minimum of the following subject areas:  Tools and their use, shampoo, understanding chemicals and use, types of hair, sanitation, hygiene, skin diseases and conditions, anatomy and physiology, electricity, ethics, nail technology and esthetics.

2. Practical Chemical Application/Hair Treatment:
500 hours of instruction, which shall be a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on experience, shall be provided in the following subject areas: Chemical safety, permanent waving, hair coloring, tinting and bleaching, hair relaxing, hair and scalp conditioning, shampooing, toning and rinsing.

3.    Hair Styling/ Hair dressing:
475 hours of instruction in hair styling, this shall be    a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on experience, and shall be provided in the following subject areas:  cutting, thinning, shaping, trimming, and application of     electrical/mechanical equipment, curling, hair treatments, and marcelling.

4      Shop Management, Sanitation and Interpersonal Relations:
200 hours of classroom instruction shall be provided in the following subject areas:  labor law, worker’s compensation, bookkeeping, marketing and merchandising, emergency first aid, right-to know laws, pertinent state and local laws and rules, business ethics, sanitation, electrical devices, and personal grooming and hygiene.

5.   Esthetics:
85 hours of instructions shall be provided.

6.   Nail Technology:
55 hours of instruction shall be provided.

7.   Electives: 
35 hours

Cosmetology Instructor Training: Course of study includes 1000 hours in both theory and practical.

500 hours of post-graduate school training which includes all subjects in the basic cosmetology curriculum including theory and practical.  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.

20 hours of Education Psychology that shall include, but are not 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 cosmetology teacher students who have completed a course in Educational Psychology at an accredited college or university.

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 cosmetology teacher students who have completed a course in Teaching Methods-Secondary Level at an accredited college or university.

150 hours of Application of Teaching Methods that includes 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.

50 hours of Business Methods that include inventory, recordkeeping, interviewing, supplies, the Illinois Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Nail Technology Act of 1985 and 68 Ill.Adm.Code 1175.

260 hours of Student Teaching under the on-site supervision of an Illinois licensed teacher.  The student teacher shall present theoretical and practical demonstration to students in the basic curriculum.

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