Class Information


8050 West Street

Millington, TN 38053


Mrs. Ginger Whitaker LeBlanc

Cosmetology Course Syllabus

Prerequisites: Principles of Cosmetology: Successfully passed tenth grade. Student must purchase a MCHS Cosmetology kit and the approximate cost is $250.00.

Design Principles of Cosmetology: Passed Principles of Cosmetology

Chemistry of Cosmetology: Passed Design Principles of Cosmetology

Standards: Principles of Cosmetology Standards one through ten. Design Principles of Cosmetology Standards one through twelve. Chemistry of Cosmetology Standards one through seven developed by the Tennessee Department of Education will be implemented for this course, along with lifelong standard- productivity.

Competencies Profile Sheet: The competency profile for this course will be used to accompany the standards, units and lesson plans throughout the school year.

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The cosmetology curriculum seeks to produce students and workers who will be technologically literate and productive. The student’s talents, interest, and abilities are the major concern in designing and implementing a competency-based course of study. Community resources, technological advancements, and simulation of the work place will be utilized to prepare students for careers in cosmetology and related fields. It is hoped that an understanding of the fundamentals of cosmetology will instill the desire to continue learning as well as the desire for improvement in the quality of life through meaningful work.


Cosmetology is the science of beautifying or improving the complexion, skin, hair and nails. The cosmetologist’s task of improving patrons’ appearance is ever growing.

This multifaceted course provides challenging occupations by which to become gainfully employed. Each aspect is dynamic and exciting to pursue. The State Board of Cosmetology establishes a minimum number of fifteen hundred hours of training and candidates must pass the State Board of Cosmetology Examination to become licensed. The cosmetology skills inspire and motivate the expression of creativity through diligent study and ardent practice. Instruction is designed to train and prepare students to qualify for license upon completion of the course requirements.

Professional cosmetologists, manicurists, and esthetician, which possess artistic ability and can perform the manipulative skills efficiently, will find a broad horizon in the lucrative beauty trade.

Purpose of the Program

In all its philosophies, concepts and functions, the program reflects the worth of the individual and of our industry, and a dedication to a quality program of instruction that recognizes the importance of the development of skills and constructive habits and ATTITUDES.

 We reinforce this basic philosophy through the following criteria:

1. To educate the individual to meet the demands of our ever-changing industry.

2. To develop industry and people skills.

3. To teach knowledge and ethics consistent with responsible social and professional behavior.

4. To assist our graduate in becoming social competent members of their communities to a degree that each can appreciate and handle the many human relation problems that will be encountered.


Class Goals

1.Provide a learning environment, in which students strengthen inner emotional controls, increase self-confidence and self-discipline, and establish a sense of dignity and self-worth.

2.Present learning activities, which teach students to listen, observe, solve problems and develop manipulative skills.

3. Provide diverse instructional strategies, which meet student’s needs and learning styles.

4. Provide an opportunity to learn the basic skills of the trade together with the related scientific and technical knowledge for advancement necessary in the cosmetology field.

5. Provide productive experiences as nearly like those “on-the-job” as possible.

6. Provide safety consciousness in the work environment.

7. Promote interpersonal relationships, which are directed toward developing the ability to work cooperatively.

8. Develop an understanding of the functions of the occupation and the relationship with other occupations.

9. Provide an opportunity for students to develop leadership abilities.

10. Create a learning environment in which students will develop an appreciation for quality craftsmanship.

11. Provide students with salable skills in the cosmetology field.

12. Develop a positive work ethic and the self-discipline required for work and advancement in the industry.

Administration of Curriculum and Course Description 

The cosmetology course is a well-rounded program covering all phases of cosmetology. The approach to training is based on sound educational methods and teaching fundamentals. This type of program stresses a firm theoretical knowledge of cosmetology for development of a true professional.

The first hours of the course include lectures, demonstrations, special projects, role playing, interpretation of reading material, writing, and practice in molding pincurl patterns, roller placement, permanent waving, hair shaping, hair coloring, and the related theories. The LAW forbids students from working on paying clienteles until they have acquired two hundred hours of instruction.

After the first year of training students are introduced to public clientele where they practice the knowledge gained during the previous training. It is only through applied knowledge that the necessary experience and comprehension of cosmetology can develop. For the remainder of the course students are scheduled for theory classes, as well as, practical classes. Subjects such as the hairdresser-customer relationship, salesmanship, professional attitudes, the latest haircuts, advanced comb-out techniques, pressing and Marcel curling, blow styling, beauty salon business, permanent waving and nail care are covered in these classes. As students progress through the training, becoming proficient in hairdressing procedures, the clinic experiences become more salon oriented.Visual poise is stressed at all time. It is essential that safety and sanitation be an intricate part of the training for the patron’s protection, as well as, the student. Participation in competition, fashion programs and activities sponsored by our school are encouraged. Students become familiar with professional ethics and dispensary skills needed for preparation of professional products, scheduling appointments and handling receptionist duties.

The course is fifteen hundred hours long plus successful completion of the curriculum.  Students will receive actual clock hours that maybe applied towards the fifteen hundred hours required to apply for licensure. Students will need to enroll in a post secondary school to complete the hours not received while attending MCHS.

The student is assessed in four categories for Principles of Cosmetology:

Test........................................... 40%

Bell Work …………………… 10%

Homework................................ 10%

Practical skills... ………………40%


The student is assessed in four categories for both Design

Principles and Chemistry of Cosmetology:


Project Sheet............................. 30%


Job Sheet………………………20%


Types of assessment: rubric, written and oral responses, completed tasks, and projects.

Criteria involved in assessing the student’s work is:

a. Ability to follow and carry out instructions.

b. Demonstrating the proper use of implements and equipment in performing the t

c. Following the proper steps and techniques in completing a performance lesson.

d. Demonstrating patience in carrying out the patron’s needs.

e. Demonstrating QUALITY service.

f. Following and completing the required lessons and projects in a timely manner


Grading Policy

The following grading system is used in evaluating student performance:






"Students are allowed to redo assignments to show mastery of an objective. The student will need to make arrangements with the teacher to redo assignments before or after school or during the Activity Period." 




Needs Improvement...........N



Negative attitudes must be left at the door when entering the class since we are training to become professionals. Each student must respect each other, as well as, the instructor. There isno excuse for taking tools or supplies from another student and this behavior will no be accepted.

 Attendance Policy

Attendance and participation in class are required. Students are responsible for all content covered during class regardless of whether or not an absence is excused. An excessive number of absences may adversely affect a student’s performance in the course. *See MMS policy.

If you are tardy, you must sign the tardy book stating the time of arrival and the date. Upon receiving the third tardy you will receive a referral. See Student Handbook on attendance/tardy.

Class rules

1. Be on time for class every day.

2. Bring book, kit, paper, and pencil/pen to class every day.

3. Wear lab jacket and dress appropriately every day.

4. Do not eat or drink in class.

5. Participate in all classroom activities.

6. Keep a positive attitude and always do your best.

7. Use appropriate language every day.

8. Be respectful of yourself and others.

9. Represent the class in a professional manner.

10. Be a positive role model to others.


NOTE: No student may enter or leave this class without permission from the teacher. All personal services must be pre-approved. 


Cosmetology Kit 



3 Ring Binder


Lab coat  


Two mini locks


Cosmetology Curriculum

Milady Standard Cosmetology Textbook

Part I Orientation

History and Career Opportunities

Life Skills

Your Professional Image

Communicating for Success

Part II General Sciences

Infection Control: Principles & Practice

General Anatomy and Physiology

Skin Structure, Growth and Nutrition

Nail Structure and Growth

Nail Disorders and Diseases

Properties of the Scalp and Hair

Basics of Chemistry

Basics of Electricity



Principles of Hair Design

Scalp Care, Shampooing and Conditioning



Client Consultation

Braiding and Braid Extensions

Wigs & Hair Additions

Chemical Texture Services




Hair Removal


Basic Classification & Chemistry of Skin Care products

Facial Makeup


PART V Nail Care



Nail tips and wraps

Acrylic Nails

Monomer Liquid and Polymer Powder Nail Enhancements

UV Gels


PART VI Business Skills

Seeking Employment

On the Job





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