Sheltered & SDAIE

Course guidance

Sheltered and SDAIE (Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English) courses can be used to satisfy the “a-g” subject requirements. As sheltered and SDAIE courses simply refer to particular instructional methodologies used throughout the course, it is expected that sheltered and SDAIE courses in all subject areas would be equivalent in content and skill development to courses taught in the same subject area (i.e., Sheltered Algebra 1 should be equivalent to Algebra 1). These courses require a sustained focus on content language development and should be tailored to the specific linguistic needs of students who often struggle with the complexities of English as a dialect or an additional language.

English as a Second Language (ESL) / English Language Development (ELD) are acceptable “a-g” courses if they meet the English ESL / ELD (“b”) subject area criteria.


Are separate new course submissions required for SDAIE courses to receive "a-g" approval?

Most often, sheltered and SDAIE courses differ from regular courses only in their instructional methodology, not in their content and skill development. Because the core curriculum is the same, UC does not require a separate course submission for sheltered courses. If separate transcript abbreviations are designated for sheltered and SDAIE courses, please be sure these are listed on the “a-g” course list along with the transcript abbreviations associated with the regular sections.

Alternatively, ESL / ELD courses require a separate, new course submission for these courses to receive “a-g” approval and be listed on the course list.

Is there a limit to the number of sheltered and SDAIE courses a student can take to satisfy the “a-g” subject requirements?

No, there is no limit to the number of sheltered and SDAIE courses that can be used to fulfill the “a-g” subject requirements. However, UC allows no more than one year of ESL / ELD courses to satisfy the English (“b”) subject requirement.