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Cosmetology

Students are prepared to meet the occupational preparation needs and interests of cosmetology. The program bridges the realities of cosmetology administration and hands-on experience.  During the course sequence, students develops knowledge of chemical and electrical procedures, hair coloring, permanent weaving, salon employment, salon ownership, and other field related services.

Course Sequence:

Level I-Introduction to Cosmetology (1.0)

  • In the Introduction to Cosmetology course, students coordinate the integration of academic, career, and technical knowledge/skills, in this laboratory instructional sequence course, to provide job-specific training for employment in cosmetology careers.
  • An analysis of career opportunities, license requirements, knowledge and skills expectations, and development of work-readiness skills are included in this course as well as the history of cosmetology.

Level II-Cosmetology IA (1.0)

  • This course is part one of a two-part introductory course in the Cosmetology career pathway. This first-semester course may be taken by students wishing to explore the cosmetology career pathway or by students intending to enroll in the entire three-year sequence of courses.
  • In this course, students are introduced to the history of cosmetology and explore the opportunities for related careers. Students learn about the characteristics of hair, product selection, and basic elements that determine hair growth, health, and appearance. Principles and practices of sanitation and infection control are introduced.
  • Through classroom instruction and hands-on application, students learn techniques in hair styling and braiding as well as manicures and pedicures. This course also promotes the development of a professional image through appearance, poise, human relations, punctuality, dependability, and business ethics.

Level III- Cosmetology IB (1.0)

  • This course is part two of a two-part introductory course in the Cosmetology career pathway. This second-semester course may be taken by students wishing to explore the cosmetology career pathway or by students intending to enroll in the entire three-year sequence of courses.
  • In this course, students are introduced to the history of cosmetology and explore the opportunities for related careers. Students learn about the characteristics of hair, product selection, and basic elements that determine hair growth, health, and appearance. Principles and practices of sanitation and infection control are introduced.
  • Through classroom instruction and hands-on application, students learn techniques in hair styling and braiding as well as manicures and pedicures. This course also promotes the development of a professional image through appearance, poise, human relations, punctuality, dependability, and business ethics.

Level IV-Cosmetology Lab

  • This course is for students pursuing licensure through the cosmetology career pathway.  This course does NOT provide High School credit toward graduation; it is for the accumulation of hours toward licensure. 
  • This course provides students with the basic theoretical and substantial practical procedures of cosmetology. Students prepare for the DC Cosmetology Licensing Board Exam. 

Schools offering Cosmetology

Ballou STAY High School

Roosevelt STAY High School


Associated Industry Jobs/Careers:

  • Animal Caretakers
  • Barbers and Hairstylists
  • Fashion Designers
  • Massage Therapists
  • Recreation and Fitness Workers
  • Sales Worker Supervisors

Associated College Majors:

  • Cosmetology
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Business, General
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Massage Therapy
  • Studio Arts

Associated Industry-Recognized Certifications:

  • District of Columbia Cosmetology Operator