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CTE/Skilled & Technical Sciences Education Curriculum Cosmetology
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Core Standards of the Course

Strand 1
Students will receive an orientation to the cosmetology trade.

Standard 1
Explain the history of cosmetology and the occupational opportunities.

Standard 2
Discuss life skills as they pertain to ethics, managing time, study habits, and having a positive attitude.

Standard 3
Demonstrate the professional image that is expected in the cosmetology industry.

Standard 4
Demonstrate effective communication skills when dealing with clients.

Perfomance Skill
Receive an orientation to the cosmetology trade.

  1. Explain the history of cosmetology and the occupational opportunities.
  2. Discuss life skills as they pertain to ethics, managing time, study habits, and having a positive attitude.
  3. Demonstrate the professional image that is expected in the cosmetology industry.
  4. Demonstrate effective communication skills when dealing with clients.

Strand 2
Students will be able to understand and demonstrate the science of cosmetology.

Standard 1
Describe bacteriology.

Standard 2
Discuss infection control and demonstrate safe work practices.

Standard 3
Identify the principal tools, implements, equipment, and their parts used in the practice of cosmetology.

Standard 4
Explain the importance of anatomy and physiology to the cosmetology trade.

Standard 5
Explain the importance of chemistry for cosmetologists.

Standard 6
Understand the basics of electricity and light therapy and their safe use.

Standard 7
Describe the properties and disorders of the skin and nails.

Standard 8
Describe the properties and disorders of the hair and scalp.

Perfomance Skill
Understand and demonstrate the science of cosmetology.

  1. Describe bacteriology.
  2. Discuss infection control and demonstrate safe work practices.
  3. Identify the principal tools, implements, equipment, and their parts used in the practice of cosmetology.
  4. Explain the importance of anatomy and physiology to the cosmetology trade.
  5. Explain the importance of chemistry for cosmetologists.
  6. Understand the basics of electricity and light therapy and their safe use.
  7. Describe the properties and disorders of the skin and nails.
  8. Describe the properties and disorders of the hair and scalp.

Strand 3
Students will be able to understand and demonstrate proper hair care techniques.

Standard 1
Demonstrate proper treatment of the hair and scalp.

Standard 2
Demonstrate proper principles of hair design.

Standard 3
Understand and demonstrate proper shampooing, rinsing, and conditioning techniques.

Standard 4
Demonstrate principles of haircutting.

Standard 5
Demonstrate principles of hairstyling.

Standard 6
Demonstrate principles of braiding and braid extensions.

Standard 7
Identify wigs and hair enhancements.

Standard 8
Demonstrate chemical texture services.

Standard 9
Demonstrate proper haircoloring techniques.

Perfomance Skill
Understand and demonstrate proper hair care techniques.

  1. Demonstrate proper treatment of hair and scalp.
  2. Demonstrate proper principles of hair design.
  3. Understand and demonstrate proper shampooing, rinsing, and conditioning techniques.
  4. Demonstrate principles of haircutting.
  5. Demonstrate principles of hairstyling.
  6. Demonstrate principles of braiding and braid extensions.
  7. Identify wigs and hair enhancements.
  8. Demonstrate chemical texture services.
  9. Demonstrate proper haircoloring techniques.

Strand 4
Students will be able to understand and demonstrate the proper skin care techniques.

Standard 1
Identify skin disorders and the anatomy of the skin.

Standard 2
Demonstrate and understanding hair removal methods.

Standard 3
Identify the appropriate products and techniques used in skin care and demonstrate the procedure for a basic facial.

Standard 4
Describe the different types of cosmetics and their uses.

Perfomance Skill
Understand and demonstrate the proper skin care techniques.

  1. Identify skin disorders and the anatomy of the skin.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of hair removal methods.
  3. Identify the appropriate products and techniques used in skin care and demonstrate the procedure for a basic facial.
  4. Describe the different types of cosmetics and their uses.

Strand 5
Students will be able to understand and demonstrate the proper nail care techniques.

Standard 1
Describe the structure and composition of nails and how a nail grows.

Standard 2
Demonstrate an understanding of manicuring and pedicuring.

Standard 3
Demonstrate an understanding of advanced nail techniques.

Perfomance Skill
Understand and demonstrate the proper nail care techniques.

  1. Describe the structure and composition of nails and how a nail grows.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of manicuring and pedicuring.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of advanced nail techniques.

Strand 6
Students will be able to understand and demonstrate the business of cosmetology.

Standard 1
Understand and demonstrate what it requires to operate a cosmetology business.

Standard 2
Demonstrate and understanding of what it take to prepare for a career in the cosmetology industry.

Standard 3
Prepare for the state board and licensing laws examination.

Perfomance Skill
Understand and demonstrate the business of cosmetology.

  1. Understand and demonstrate what it requires to operate a cosmetology business.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of what it takes to prepare for a career in the cosmetology industry.
  3. Prepare for the state board and licensing laws examination.

Strand 7
Students will understand the importance of career readiness skills as it relates to the workplace and outlined in the SkillsUSA Framework – Level 1.

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Standard 1
Understand and demonstrate the attitude of cooperation.

  1. Develop awareness of cultural diversity and equality issues.
  2. Demonstrate effective communication with others.
  3. Apply team skills to a group project.
  4. Identify and apply conflict resolution skills.

Standard 2
Understand and demonstrate the ability of being resourceful and innovative.

  1. Discover self-motivation techniques and establish short-term goals.
  2. Measure/modify short-term goals.
  3. Review a professional journal and develop a three- to five-minute presentation.

Standard 3
Plan for your future career.

  1. Complete a self-assessment and identify individual learning styles.
  2. Define future occupations.
  3. Identify the components of an employment portfolio.
  4. List proficiency in program competencies.
  5. Complete a survey for employment opportunities.
  6. Create a job application.
  7. Assemble your employment portfolio.
  8. Employability skills: evaluate program comprehension.

Standard 4
Understand and demonstrate the ability to manage a project.

  1. Apply team skills to a group project.
  2. Observe and critique a meeting.
  3. Demonstrate business meeting skills.
  4. Explore supervisory and management roles in an organization.
  5. Identify and apply conflict resolution skills.
  6. Demonstrate evaluation skills.
  7. Manage a project and evaluate others.

Strand 8
Students will understand the importance of career readiness skills as it relates to the workplace and outlined in the SkillsUSA Framework – Level 2.

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Standard 1
Understand and demonstrate reliability.

  1. Determine individual time management skills.
  2. Explore what’s ethical in the workplace or school.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of government.
  4. Demonstrate awareness of professional organizations and trade unions.

Standard 2
Understand and demonstrate responsiveness.

  1. Define the customer.
  2. Recognize benefits of doing a community service project.
  3. Demonstrate social etiquette.
  4. Identify customer expectations.

Standard 3
Understand resiliency.

  1. Discover self-motivation techniques and establish short-term goals.
  2. Select characters of a positive image.
  3. Identify a mentor.

Standard 4
Understand and demonstrate workplace habits.

  1. Participate in a shadowing activity.
  2. Explore workplace ethics: codes of conduct.
  3. Recognize safety issues.
  4. Perform a skill demonstration.
  5. Exercise your right to know.

Standard 5
Understand and develop initiative.

  1. Develop personal financial skills.
  2. Develop a business plan.
  3. Investigate entrepreneurship opportunities.

Standard 6
Understand and demonstrate continuous improvement.

  1. Conduct a worker interview.
  2. Demonstrate evaluation skills.
  3. Examine ethics and values in the workplace.
  4. Develop a working relationship with a mentor.
  5. Construct a job search network.


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