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Instructor Rachel Atkins demonstrates during Cosmetology class.

Does being in a high-energy, fast-paced work environment appeal to you? Maybe you just love to interact with the public and use your creativity to express yourself and enhance the beauty in others. If so, Cosmetology may be a good fit for you!

At SIC, you can complete your cosmetology certificate in just one year and be on your way to working in a salon! SIC will prepare you for the real-world work environment and employer demands through both individual and group instruction with small classes, which means you get more personal attention. You’ll also find that SIC has one of the lowest tuition rates around.

The Cosmetology and Cosmetology Teacher programs at Southeastern Illinois College inspire the creative and professional aptitude of both men and women. Both programs are designed to give students training in the arts, skills, and applied sciences that deal with adornment through care and treatment of the hair, nails, and skin. The college also offers a cosmetology refresher course for students wishing to brush up on their skills.

Southeastern's Cosmetology Program will prepare you for entry-level positions in this exciting and stable career field. You’ll graduate with 38 college credits and log a minimum of 1500 clock (classroom and lab) hours. You’ll learn skills in:

  • Hair:  cut, style, formal styling, color, highlights, perms, beard trimming
  • Nails:  manicures, pedicures, acrylics, shellac, nail art
  • Makeup:  bridal, seasonal, special effects
  • Skincare:  facials, waxing

Employment opportunities and salaries in the cosmetology field are based on attributes and factors such as experience, quality of work, speed of performance, dependability, enthusiasm, professional attitude, computer knowledge, and education.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, median pay for Cosmetologists, Hairstylists, and Barbers was $27,630 in 2020 before tips and the employment is projected to grow 19% between 2020 and 2030. Manicurist and Pedicurist jobs are expected to grow 33% from 2020-2030, and median pay in 2020 was $27,870 before tips.

A professional career in cosmetology is limited only to the ambitions and desire of each individual. This profession offers advantages and opportunities in an artistic, creative, and innovative field. You may advance your career in different areas, such as:Cosmetology Student

  • hairstylist
  • color specialist
  • nail technician
  • makeup artist
  • esthetics (skin care) professional
  • sales in cosmetic or skincare lines
  • management of a salon
  • cosmetology teacher
  • product educator and/or demonstrator

Or maybe you have plans to open your own salon. Business courses included in the program provide a good foundation for students with entrepreneurial aspirations.  Additionally, you can get access to free assistance with this venture at SIC through the Small Business Development Center.

The program also offers internships during the last semester of training. These internships allow students to perform hands-on, live work, and affords an opportunity to network with employers for potential future jobs.

Although the Cosmetology program at SIC is strict with clinical hours and expectations to provide the best education and board certification preparation, it is not without fun activities.

The SIC Cosmetology Program is licensed through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations.  Southeastern Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

 Check out our #CTExplore Video to see Instructor Rachel Atkins tell you more about the Cosmetology program!

Program Learning Outcomes

Goal 1: Perform hair care services for all types of hair including hair analysis, hair cutting, hairstyling, hair coloring and lightening, permanent waving and chemical relaxing.
Goal 2: Perform natural nail services including manicuring and pedicuring.
Goal 3: Perform basic skin care services including skin analysis, facials, makeup application and superfluous hair removal.
Goal 4: Demonstrate customer service skills, self-growth and personal and professional development.
Goal 5: Perform salon business skills such as front desk operations, dispensary inventory and loss prevention, resume building and interviewing skills, self-marketing and the basic knowledge of starting one's own salon business.
Goal 6: Demonstrate knowledge of infection and disease control, public hygiene and special sanitation procedures used for the protection of the client and the operator.
Goal 7: Possess the necessary skills to pass the Illinois State licensure written and practical exams required for a professional license to work in the Cosmetology industry.

Curriculum Guides & Program Handbook


Cosmetology Teacher

Cosmetology Program Handbook

State Licensure or Certification Information

ArrowFor information on the specific states, the institution has determined its Cosmetology program curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification regardless of modality, please visit our Cosmetology Licensure webpage. 

Admission requirements to the SIC Cosmetology program include, but may not be limited to:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • ASSET test*
  • All entrance tests must be completed by the date set by the college
  • Class size is limited to those applicants whose composite test scores are among the top 18
  • Successful completion of any developmental courses as indicated by score(s) earned on the ASSET test

State Board Pass Rates for SIC Cosmetology Students:

2021 - 100%

2020 - 100%

2019 - 100%

2018 - 83%

2017 - 84%

2016 – 92%

2015 – 89%

Space is limited in this program. Interested students can contact our SIC Recruiters at 618-252-5400 ext. 2245 and, or email

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