Previously approved courses

In certain circumstances, a complete course content description is not required for “a-g” review as the content has already been approved by UC. These types of courses and submissions are defined as “previously approved” and include:

  • courses granted program status, such as AP, IB and ROP courses.
  • courses approved at another school within a school's district.
  • courses removed within the last three years and are being reinstated.
  • UC-approved online courses from an online course publisher.
  • courses modeled after others offered outside a school's district.*

Previously approved courses may be added to a school’s “a-g” course list using the “New Course” section on the Online Update website. A brief course/catalog description, pre- and/or co-requisites (if applicable) and textbook information are required for all previously approved course submissions, in addition to basic course information, such as the course’s transcript abbreviation(s) and grade level(s).

* A complete course content description is required for a course modeled after another offered outside a school’s district.

Step-by-step instructions

Expand the sections below for instructions on adding previously approved courses to your “a-g” course list.

Program status courses
  1. On the second page of the new course submission form, select “yes” when asked if the course is previously approved.

  2. On the next page, “Cover Page – Program Status,” change the default to “yes.”

  3. The radio buttons will become accessible so that you may select an option from the Program Status list.

  4. On the next page, type in the first three letters of the course title as it appears on the program’s “a-g” course list, but do not press Enter. A drop-down menu will appear; and select the course from the list shown. Please note: The exact course title of the approved course must be used on the submission.

  5. Fill in the rest of the required fields in the new course submission form.

  6. Review the course submission on the “Course Summary” page and when the information is correct, click Next.

  7. On the “Course Submission” page, enter a contact e-mail where the submission confirmation e-mail should be sent and click Submit.

  8. Verify that your new course submission has been submitted by checking for a confirmation e-mail. Also, check to be sure the submission appears in the “Submitted” section.
UC-approved online course from an online publisher
  1. On the second page of the new course submission form, select “yes” when asked if the course is previously approved.

  2. Follow the sequence of questions leaving the default to “no.”

  3. On the page, “Cover Page – Online Publishers,” change the default to “yes.”

  4. The radio buttons will become accessible so that you may select an online course publisher from the Online Course Publisher list.

  5. On the next page, type in the first three letters of the course title as it appears on the online course publisher’s “a-g” course list, but do not press Enter. A drop-down menu will appear; and select the course from the list shown. Please note: The exact course title of the approved course must be used on the submission.

  6. Certify that your institution meets the University’s Expectations of Courses and Programs for K-12 Online Learning on the next page. A representative is required to sign and date the electronic form.

  7. Fill in the rest of the required fields in the new course submission form.

  8. Review the course submission on the “Course Summary” page and when the information is correct, click Next.

  9. On the “Course Submission” page, enter a contact e-mail where the submission confirmation e-mail should be sent and click Submit.

  10. Verify that your new course submission has been submitted by checking for a confirmation e-mail. Also, check to be sure the submission appears in the “Submitted” section.
Adopting a course from a school within the same district

A note for charter schools: Since charter schools have substantial autonomy in the design and implementation of their courses, they are required to submit complete course descriptions for all courses that are being considered for UC approval, including those offered at another comprehensive or charter school within their district.

  1. On the second page of the new course submission form, select “yes” when asked if the course is previously approved.

  2. Follow the sequence of questions leaving the default to “no.”

  3. On the page, “Cover Page – Course Modeled After Course in the Same District,” change the default to “yes.”

  4. Type in the first three letters of the school’s name as it appears on its “a-g” course list, but do not press Enter. A drop-down menu will appear; and select the school from the list shown and click Next.

  5. Type in the first three letters of the course title as it appears on the school’s “a-g” course list, but do not press Enter. A drop-down menu will appear; and select the course from the list shown. Please note: The exact course title of the approved course must be used on the submission. AP or other program status courses cannot be added using this process. Courses granted program status may only be added by following the steps for program status courses, above.

  6. Fill in the rest of the required fields in the new course submission form.

  7. Review the course submission on the “Course Summary” page and when the information is correct, click Next.

  8. On the “Course Submission” page, enter a contact e-mail where the submission confirmation e-mail should be sent and click Submit.

  9. Verify that your new course submission has been submitted by checking for a confirmation e-mail. Also, check to be sure the submission appears in the “Submitted” section.
Reinstated after removal within three years
  1. On the second page of the new course submission form, select “yes” when asked if the course is previously approved.

  2. Follow the sequence of questions leaving the default to “no.”

  3. On the page, “Cover Page – Course Reinstated,” change the default to “yes.”

  4. Select from the-drop down menu the year the course was removed from your course list.

  5. On the next page, type in the first three letters of the course title as it appeared on your UC-approved course list, but do not press Enter. A drop-down menu will appear; and select the course from the list shown. Please note: The exact course title of the course at the time of its removal must be used on the submission. AP or other program status courses cannot be added using this process. Courses granted program status may only be added by following the steps for program status courses, above.

  6. Fill in the rest of the required fields in the new course submission form.

  7. Review the course submission on the “Course Summary” page and when the information is correct, click Next.

  8. On the “Course Submission” page, enter a contact e-mail where the submission confirmation e-mail should be sent and click Submit.

  9. Verify that your new course submission has been submitted by checking for a confirmation e-mail. Also, check to be sure the submission appears in the “Submitted” section.
Modeled after a course offered outside a school's district
  1. On the second page of the new course submission form, select “yes” when asked if the course is previously approved.

  2. Follow the sequence of questions leaving the default to “no.”

  3. On the page, "Cover Page – Course Modeled Outside District," change the default to “yes.”

  4. Type in the first three letters of the school’s name as it appears on its “a-g” course list, but do not press Enter. A drop-down menu will appear; and select the school from the list shown and click Next.

  5. Type in the first three letters of the course title as it appears on its “a-g” course list, but do not press Enter. A drop-down menu will appear; and select the course from the list shown. Please note: The exact course title of the approved course must be used on the submission. AP or other program status courses cannot be added using this process. Courses granted program status may only be added by following the steps for program status courses, above.

  6. Fill in the rest of the required fields in the new course submission form. Please remember that you will be required to submit a complete course description for review.

  7. Review the course submission on the “Course Summary” page and when the information is correct, click Next.

  8. On the “Course Submission” page, enter a contact e-mail where the submission confirmation e-mail should be sent and click Submit.

  9. Verify that your new course submission has been submitted by checking for a confirmation e-mail. Also, check to be sure the submission appears in the “Submitted” section.

FAQ’s

Find answers to common questions, including step-by-step instructions and additional information on adding previously approved courses to your “a-g” course list.

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