University of California A-G Course List
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This federal requirement took the place of the previous No Child Left Behind requirements (known as NCLB). Under NCLB, teachers were required to be "highly qualified", meaning that they:
- Held a bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited college;
- Held an appropriate state license for their assignment; and
- Held subject matter competence in all core academic subjects they taught.
Under ESSA, teachers are no longer required to be "highly qualified." Instead, federal law now requires that teachers be assigned solely based on state licensure and certification criteria, and the additional subject matter competence requirement under NCLB no longer applies.
Questions concerning ESSA compliance should be addressed to the California Department of Education (CDE) at ESSA@cde.ca.gov.
High school graduation credit can be a clue in helping to determine the content of a course. However, graduation credit may not always align with the content being taught. The content of a course is the determining factor for assignment purposes. The appropriate credential or authorization for the assignment must align with the primary content or focus of the course. For example, the instructor of a class in which the curriculum is Junior ROTC, regardless of the graduation credit granted, must hold the requisite credential in Junior ROTC.