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 curriculum provides 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 approval in all “a-g” subject areas.



In the past decade, UC has approved CTE courses in all seven “a-g” subject areas and has increased the number of "a-g" approved CTE courses from 258 to over 12,000.


The challenges

Course integration is a complex undertaking, requiring a balance of career technical content with sufficient academic depth. Some career 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 "a-g" approval in other disciplines, such as English, history and mathematics.

To address these challenges, the UC Curriculum Integration (UCCI) Institutes were developed. At the Institutes, teachers collaborate to develop integrated courses needed to strengthen their school's course offerings.

UC Curriculum Integration (UCCI)

UCCI has enabled the University to make rapid progress toward its CTE goals. The program is dedicated to supporting California high schools as they work to ensure that more students are prepared for success in college and career.


UCCI Institutes

At the Institutes, teachers will collaborate to develop the integrated courses that are needed to strengthen their school's course offerings.


Tools for CTE course development

Resources, such as CTE course criteria, sample courses and evaluation rubrics, are available.


UCCI Teacher Exchanges

These events are designed to provide California teachers an opportunity to prepare to teach UCCI courses.