UC aims to ensure that students have access to a broad range of high-quality online courses that maintain the “human touch” and integrity of assessment.

The University's policy on online learning accommodates synchronous, asynchronous and blended online courses while simultaneously addressing specific features that the UC faculty consider necessary for a quality online learning experience. As such, UC offers a streamlined two-step process for the approval of online courses that satisfy the “a-g” subject requirements.

Online courses and the “a-g” requirements

Online courses seeking "a-g" approval undergo a two-step course review process requiring first an assessment of the course's content against the iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Courses before the course is submitted for "a-g" review. 


iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Courses

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) has established quality standards for online courses in the areas of content, instructional design, student assessment, technology, and course evaluation and support. Before an online course can be submitted for “a-g” approval, the course must be assessed against the iNACOL course standards.


Online course publishers

The University welcomes the submission of online courses directly from online publishers that sell or license their curriculum to California high schools and districts.


Online schools

Accredited, credit-granting online schools are eligible to establish and maintain an “a-g” course list if they also adhere to iNACOL's Standards for Quality Online Programs.


List of “a-g” approved online courses

Each online course publisher and online school has a list of approved “a-g” courses.


Online science and VPA courses

UC will accept online laboratory science courses if the course includes teacher-supervised, hands-on labs. In addition, UC will also accept online visual and performing arts courses.


Three-year approval term for online courses

Approval of online "a-g" courses is valid for three years. Courses are required to complete the two-step course review process every three years.


Principal certification of online courses

Beginning with online courses completed during the 2013-14 year, principals can no longer certify non-UC-approved online courses.