A-G subject area course criteria 

UC faculty have established course requirements and guidelines for all “a-g” subject areas. All courses must meet the criteria specific to each subject area to receive “a-g” approval.

American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF)

The American Youth Policy Forum’s mission is to broaden the awareness and understanding of policymakers and to strengthen the youth policymaking process by bridging policy, practice and research. AYPF focuses on three overlapping themes: Education, Youth Development and Community Involvement, and Preparation for Careers and Workforce Development. AYPF publishes a variety of nationally disseminated youth policy reports and materials, such as “AYPF Issue Brief on Career and Technical Education” [PDF] and “High School Career Academies: A 40-Year Proven Model for Improving College and Career Readiness” [PDF].

Association for Career Technical Education (ACTE)

The Association for Career Technical Education (ACTE) collects data and research supporting a better understanding of today’s CTE programs, and highlights the potential CTE provides students related to technical skills, academic achievement and career guidance. ACTE provides background information on key issues, CTE State Profiles, legislative updates and various CTE links.

Cadre of Experts

The UC Cadre of Experts provide the “human touch” to high schools and teachers developing curriculum and preparing course descriptions for “a-g” review. UC has trained dozens of educators and administrators specializing in an array of academic and technical subjects.

California Subject Matter Project (CSMP) 

CSMP is a statewide network of nine different subject-specific projects and professional development programs for teachers administered by the UC Office of the President. CSMP is committed to: (1) raising the level of teacher content and pedagogical content knowledge, (2) providing on-going teacher leadership development, (3) building teacher learning communities, (4) strengthening existing partnerships with low-performing schools and creating new ones, and (5) supporting teachers of English learners.


Calisphere contains a collection of over 150,000 primary sources comprised of digitized items such as photography, newspaper pages, art and transcribed oral histories that support California content standards in the history / social sciences, English language arts and visual arts for use in K-12 classrooms. The selected content originates from UC campus libraries and museums, as well as from cultural heritage organizations across the state.

Career Academy Support Network (CASN)

The Career Academy Support Network is dedicated to the goal of improving high schools, particularly through career academies and other small learning communities. Career academies combine coursework that prepares students for both college and career. Partnerships with employers and higher education give students opportunities to learn beyond the high school classroom.

Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) focus on core conceptual understandings and procedures to guide educators toward curricula and teaching strategies that will give students a deeper understanding of the subject and skills they need to apply their knowledge. These standards for mathematics and English language arts represent a set of expectations at each grade level for student knowledge and skills that high school graduates need to master to succeed in college and careers.

The CCSS, adopted by California in August 2010, were developed through a state-led initiative to establish consistent and clear education standards for English language arts and mathematics that would better prepare students for success in our competitive global economy.

ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career 

ConnectEd is dedicated to advancing practice, policy and research aimed at helping young people prepare for both college and career through Linked Learning. Numerous policy resources are available.

Content Standards and Frameworks for California public schools

All of the California Content Standards and Curriculum Frameworks were designed to encourage the highest achievement of every student by defining the knowledge, concepts and skills that students should acquire at each grade level. These standards and frameworks provide guidance to course development, but simple coverage of all standards is not enough to assure course approval.

Course description templates

Subject-specific course description templates give a comprehensive overview of the required course content information needed for “a-g” review, and can offer guidance in developing course descriptions for submission

Course evaluation guidelines

Our subject area analysts use the “a-g” course evaluation guidelines, in addition to the subject area course criteria established by UC faculty, to determine the acceptability of a course for “a-g” approval. We recommend using this tool when preparing new curriculum for submission or when working on a course resubmission.

CTE Courses Meeting A-G Subject Requirements annual report

This report is produced annually in partnership with the California Department of Education to document the number, type and school location of CTE courses that are offered throughout the state.


EdSource is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to clarify complex education issues and to promote thoughtful policy decisions about public school improvement. For more than three decades, EdSource has developed a solid reputation as a credible and respected source of K–12 education information, research, analysis and data. “Multiple Pathways in California: An Emerging Option for High School Reform” and other publications are available for download.


Edutopia highlights “Merging Career Tech & College Prep in California” in their “Schools That Work” series, which explore what goes on inside some of the most innovative, successful schools in the country. Edutopia visits schools to take a close-up look at the best practices, and assembles a package of stories and hands-on tools you can use to replicate some of their successes. “Big Idea” articles, “How You Do It” tips and resources tools are available.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)

FREE, a federal government website, serves as a repository for teaching and learning resources from across the nation. The site features animations, primary documents, photos and videos searchable by subject areas.

KQED Education

KQED is the Bay Area’s largest public media TV and radio station and the largest public media organization in California. KQED Education produces and distributes free media-rich educational resources to engage learners and bring relevant, real-world examples of standards-based content into the classroom. In addition, KQED Education trains educators on how to utilize digital media, bring media making into instruction and integrate principles of media literacy into teaching and learning.

National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE)

NRCCTE is the primary agent for generating scientifically-based knowledge, dissemination, professional development and technical assistance to improve career and technical education in the United States.

Sample "a-g" courses

Sample courses are now accessible through the “a-g” Course List website. A search feature is available to locate sample course descriptions from across all of the "a-g" subject areas and a number of Career Technical Education (CTE) industry sectors. The number of sample courses will continue to grow as our “a-g” subject area analysts receive exemplary courses.

Statements of Competencies Expected of Students Entering California’s Public Colleges and Universities

The Intersegmental Committee of the Academic Senates (ICAS), comprised of all three segments of California’s higher education system, seeks to advise California high school educators what intellectual preparation is necessary for success in higher education. This committee has developed Statements of Competencies Expected of Students Entering California's Public Colleges and Universities in the areas of English, mathematics, foreign language, the natural science, the visual and performing arts, and the social sciences.

Workshops and webinars 

UC offers free workshops and webinars focusing on topics such as developing CTE courses for UC approval and providing information on professional development opportunities for CTE educators.