Cosmetology and Barber Technician

Last Updated: 2/16/2022 2:34 PM

The Cosmetology program allows students to explore the field of cosmetology while integrating theory and practical application in our fully equipped salon.  In addition to the Cosmetology curriculum, students incorporate business management and the functions of operating and owning a salon through real world projects and partnership with Junior Achievement.  Students gain a deep understanding of how key scientific concepts in Biology, Chemistry, and Anatomy are applied to skin, hair,  nails, disease and infection. 

Once students study the core foundations of head manipulation, shampooing, sanitation, hair styling, hair cutting, manicures, nail art, pedicures, facial and massage, they may select a more specific course of study such as clipper cuts, advanced hair cutting, nail technology or makeup application to specialize.  In addition to practical experiences in our salon, students will participate in community service activities, field trips and analyze perspectives of various industries through related guest speakers and career specific training to enhance their learning and understanding of the industry. Students are expected to earn the minimum 1200 hour requirement to be eligible to take the State Board Licensing exam to obtain a Cosmetology License upon graduation.  Senior students may also participate in internships at local salons. 

Students may participate in various SkillsUSA competitions in make up, nail art, hair cut, and hair style

Examples of careers related to Cosmetology include but are not limited to: Barbers, Cosmetologists, Hairdressers, & Hair Stylists, Education Specialists, Color Specialists, Nail Technicians, Skin Care Specialists/Estheticians, Electrolysis Technicians, and Massage Therapists.


  • Cosmetology License (Written exam must be taken after graduation and at the Dept. of Health)
  • Junior Achievement Certificate
    • Personal Finance
    • Be Entrepreneurial
  • OSHA General

Additional Certifications Possible

  • Eye Lash Extension Certification
  • Keratin

Course sequence:

9th grade:  Cosmetology 1- Semester 90 Minute Block Every Other Day 

10th grade:  Cosmetology 2- Full Year 90 Minute Block Every Other Day, plus a Semester 90 Minute Block Every Other Day

11th grade:  Cosmetology 3-Full Year 180 Minute Block Every Other Day

12th grade:  Cosmetology 4- Full Year 180 Minute Block every Other Day

Students will obtain additional hours through community service and after school events.

Students may also receive a science-related credit in their senior year. 

Industry Partner:  Fantastic Sams

Work Based Learning:  School Based Enterprise and Industry Project/Mentor

Post Secondary Partners:  Students may transfer up to 1000 hours to post secondary Cosmetology schools if they have not completed the program

Career & Tech Student Organization:  SkillsUSA





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