Teachers at the Louvre

Program Dates:  July 18 - July 29, 2016

In 2004, Rutgers University became the first American educational partner of France’s most
prestigious museum, the Louvre.  As a result of this collaboration, we are pleased to offer
a two-week program featuring a 3-credit Master’s course.

Exclusive and affordable, "Teachers at the Louvre" is an exceptional opportunity for teachers
of French to earn credit while exploring the riches of the Louvre and other Parisian’s museums, developing curricular materials for teaching art and culture, and exercising their French skills.

This year, the Teachers at the Louvre Program will be directed by
Dr. Christelle Palpacuer-Lee of the Graduate School of Education,
Rutgers-New Brunswick.

Learn about how to earn alternate route French teaching certification in New Jersey



Course Description

Bringing the Louvre into the French Classroom
course no. 420:505
 (3 credits)

Bringing the Louvre into the French Classroom is a Master's level course that addresses three questions:

          – What is the Louvre?

          – How do I take my class to a museum?

          – How can I teach French through art?

  • Every morning, participants are involved in activities (workshops, guided tours, lectures) organized by their instructor and specialists affiliated with the Museum.  No prior knowledge in the history of art is required!
  • Two mornings per week, the participants meet with Dr. Palpacuer-Lee to work on ways to turn the knowledge acquired in the morning into exciting classroom tools.
  • The goal of the course is the creation of a portfolio of standard-based, interdisciplinary, lesson plans that reflect the Core Curriculum as well as the New Jersey state and national standards for the teaching of world languages. 
  • The course is designed to meet the requirements of professional development as outlined by several models, including the Danielson.

Course Learning Goals

  • To gain a broader and deeper knowledge of French art history and culture through museum visits and immersion in Paris;
  • To gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental principles that underlie culture teaching in the world language classroom;
  • To learn how to apply this knowledge to language and culture teaching;
  • To develop basic skills to interpret and construct inquiries into art history and visual culture;
  • To design standard-based and thematic lesson and unit plans for the communicative classroom.

This course meets the New Jersey Professional Standards 1-4 and 6-9.


Accommodations are not included in the program fee and participants are responsible for finding their own housing.

In the past, many participants were able to sublet apartments at competitive rates.  Paris also offers many home exchange opportunities.  For further information, please contact the program director.

We have also identified a number of centrally-located hotels for all budgets and needs.  See Suggestions for Hotels.


Teachers at the Louvre is open to K-16 French teachers and students affiliated with the Rutgers Graduate School - New Brunswick.  The program is limited to 20 participants.

In order to participate in the Teachers at the Louvre Program, you must be accepted to the Institute for Global Languages.  (More information and an application form are available at http://igl.rutgers.edu).  You may apply to both simultaneously.  You are NOT required to be a member of the French MAT Program in order to participate in the Louvre Program.

For the Teachers at the Louvre program application, please click here .

Cost: $ 2,700 for N.J. residents, $ 4,200 for non N.J. residents. The program can be counted towards an MAT degree, or as professional continuing education, and thus is eligible for partial or full reimbursement by your school.

Included in the fee: tuition for 3-credit graduate course, pedagogical materials, “Carte Louvre Enseignants” (one-year V.I.P. pass to museum’s collections and exhibitions), and bistro lunch/dinner (excluding alcohol).

Not included in the fee: round-trip airfare, accommodations, meals, medical insurance.

Payment: $500 payable upon acceptance, the balance by May 29th. The deposit of $500 is not refundable. $500 is deducted from payments for withdrawal between May 30 and June 30. $500 will be refunded to anyone cancelling between July 1st and the group’s departure. There will be no refund after departure.

Program cancellation policy: If conditions necessitate an increase in price, such change will be announced by May 1 and participants wishing to withdraw will receive a full refund. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, reserves the right to make any changes in this program that may become necessary. In the event of a cancellation due to insufficient enrollment, participants will receive a full refund. However, the University cannot be held responsible for any other expenses associated with the program. Participants are thus strongly encouraged to purchase a travel insurance policy.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is dedicated by law and by purpose to serving all people on an equal and nondiscriminatory basis.