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Cosmetology

Unleash your imagination, creativity and expertise in the field of Cosmetology. Expert faculty and staff will prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career, whether you are pursuing a degree or certificate.

Students will learn professional techniques in hair design, chemical processes and aesthetics and nail technology. The program teaches students business, life and professional skills and prepares them for the state certification through the Illinois Cosmetology License from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. 

Course schedule follows the COD academic calendar. Fall courses start end of August. Spring courses start mid-January. 

Careers in personal beauty celebrate creativity, artistry, passion and a desire to help others. Let COD prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career and learn the trends and techniques necessary to excel in this ever-changing field.

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The Cosmetology program is offered at the Addison Regional Center at 301 S. Swift Road in Addison.

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Students who successfully complete 1,500 clock hours and pass a practical and written exam are awarded a certificate from COD.

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Students who choose to continue their education or take classes while earning their certificate can earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Cosmetology.

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The full-time format is a fast-paced, three semester program, whereas the part-time program is offered over five semesters.

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Students are expected to maintain a professional appearance throughout their coursework.

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"By offering both a degree and a certificate, COD enabled me to satisfy my desire for a stronger educational foundation by pursuing the degree." - Gina Steiner

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“The teachers were there for me nonstop and helped me balance both my cosmetology and my regular classes.” - Natalie Negrete

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“I’m honestly 110 percent glad I signed up,” she said. “I met great students and instructors, and I cannot explain how much fun I had. My favorite part of the course was having beauty competitions with prizes for the winners." - Leyla Kuchiyeva

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Contact Information

For more information please contact codcosmetology@cod.edu.

Anna Gay, Program Support Specialist, (630) 942-2502

Tim Meyers, Division Chair, (630) 942-3223

Arts, Communication, and Hospitality Division Office
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 219
(630) 942-2048