• Program Highlights:

    Two-Year NYSED Approved CTE Program

    Students learn the latest techniques in hair cutting, styling, and chemical services, as well as nail and skin care. Students practice cuts and styles on mannequins and classmates, before offering services to customers in our school-sponsored salon. The curriculum includes skill development in the areas of communication, organization, and time management, which are essential to success in the industry. Students attend the program for two years, including a summer session between the junior and senior year. Students will need to complete 1,000 hours of theory and practice before they are eligible to take the NYS Cosmetology Licensing exam.

Cosmetology student paints a client's nails

Units of Study

  • Basic (Year 1)

    • Professional Requirements
    • Safety and Health
    • Hair Styling
    • Hair Cutting and Shaping
    • Shampoo, Rinses, Conditioners and Treatments
    • Nail Care and Procedures
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Properties of the Scalp
    • Hair Structures
    • Chemical Restructuring
    • Skin Care and Procedures

    Advanced (Year 2)

    • Artificial Nails
    • State Board Preparation
    • Advanced Hairstyling
    • Chemical Hair Straightening
    • Tinting and Bleaching
    • Temporary Hair Removal
    • Salon Management and Ownership
    • Hair Extension and Wigs
    • Retail Services
    • Work Experience


Industry Based Exams/Certifications

    • Cosmetology–National Occupational Competency Testing Institute


  • High School Credit

    • 3.5 CTE a.m./3.0 CTE p.m (max)
      1.0 English 12 (Advanced)
      1.0 Technical Science (Basic)





  • Career Connections

    • Hair Stylist
    • Esthetician
    • Nail Tech
    • Instructor
    • Product Educator
    • Salon Manager
    • Salon Owner
    • Make-up Artist


Items to Consider

  • Successful Students:

    • Must maintain excellent attendance
    • Must complete 1000 hours of theory and practice
    • Communicate effectively
    • Demonstrate time management
    • Have good organizational skills
    • Follow written and verbal directions
    • Have bi-manual ability, fine finger dexterity, ability to work with multiple materials/tools simultaneously
    • Are required to participate in student to student clinics, as models and operators to develop consultation and real life skills for credit
    • Must be able to work as a team and independently in a large group setting
    • Must be able to read at grade level for advanced technical vocabulary and comprehension of content
    • Must practice hands on skills outside of class to build skills
    • Work in close physical contact with people
    • Are creative and artistically inclined
    • Purchase and wear a smock (approximately $25) and safe shoes.