University of California Curriculum Integration: Core academics with real-world expectations

Collaborative process yields innovative courses

UCCI Institutes are organized via collaboration between UCCI staff and entities that have a need for integrated courses that meet UC/CSU freshman admission requirements.  At the Institutes, high school and college educators gather to work in collaborative teams to create innovative, challenging courses that integrate core academic subjects such as English, history and mathematics with Career Technical Education (CTE) content. The courses the teams produce are then submitted to UC's high school articulation department (which, like UCCI, is a part of UC admissions) for “a-g” approval. These free workshops are designed to give teachers the time and resources to create challenging and engaging integrated courses. Educators can submit a request for an Institute to be held near them by completing the UCCI Interest Form or simply by contacting the program at

Once approved, UCCI courses are given program status, which means they  can be added to the course lists of any high school in California in the same manner as Advanced Placement (AP) or Regional Occupational Program (ROP) courses - without resubmitting them to UC for approval. There are 72 courses on the UCCI course list, with more being approved after each Institute.

Creative approaches to core academic subjects

Each UCCI course framework integrates one core academic subject area with one CTE industry sector pathway. Recent UCCI Institutes have produced such unique courses as:

  • My Voice Creates My World, which provides students with an opportunity to think critically about local and global environmental issues as they relate to political and logistical regulations within American government.
Offering UCCI courses in your school or district

Wondering if there is one or more UCCI courses that could be a good fit for your school? Browse our UCCI course catalogs:

Already know of a UCCI course you’d like your school to teach? Follow our step-by-step instructions for adding a UCCI course to your school’s course list. You can also see where UCCI courses are currently being taught, and get contact info for the schools that are offering them, by visiting our UCCI Courses Google Map.

“I've gained more from this institute in regards to curriculum development than any other program I've been associated with in my 12 years of teaching.” 

- Aaron Lemos, Spring 2013 UCCI Institutes