Career Technical Education (CTE) integrates discipline-specific academic content with industry knowledge and skills, and can engage a wider array of students, provide them with increased options and empower them to succeed.

CTE aims to bridge the college-career divide that has long characterized the American education system and to open the doors of higher education to more students. Today’s integrated CTE curriculum provides all students with college and career options that are crucial in today’s modern society.

Our role

The University continues to work closely with California educators to encourage and facilitate the development and submission of CTE courses for UC approval in all “a-g” subject areas. Resources and tools are available for educators, such as CTE curriculum criteria, sample courses and evaluation guidelines.

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Trends

In the past decade, UC has approved CTE courses in all seven “a-g” subject areas and has increased the number of UC-approved CTE courses from 258 to over 11,000.

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The challenges

Course integration is a complex undertaking, requiring a balance of career technical content with sufficient academic depth. Some CTE pathways align better with the “a-g” subject areas. UC has approved many CTE courses in the laboratory science, visual and performing arts, and elective subject areas. It has been more challenging to develop CTE courses for UC "a-g" approval in other disciplines, such as English, history and mathematics.

To address these challenges, the UC Curriculum Integration (UCCI) Institutes were developed. The UCCI Institutes bring together academic and CTE teachers with subject-matter experts and UC staff and faculty to create innovative, integrated CTE courses for “a-g” approval.

UC Curriculum Integration (UCCI)

The UC Curriculum Integration (UCCI) Institutes are made possible with the financial support of, and partnership with, the California Department of Education. UCCI has enabled the University to make rapid progress toward its CTE goals.

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UCCI Institutes

The Spring 2043 UCCI Institutes will focus on developing courses that integrate Information & Communication Technologies with the English (“b”) or math ("c") and Engineering & Architecture with math ("c") and lab science ("d").

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Tools for CTE course development

Resources, such as CTE curriculum criteria, sample courses and evaluation guidelines, are available.

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Sample courses

Samples of courses approved in many of the CTE industry sectors are available for reference as you prepare your own course for UC approval.

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