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Center for Gifted Education

The Center for Gifted Education has a long and rich history of educating parents, students, and educators in and around the Lafayette area, the state, and the nation. The center was established in 1982 and is one of only 20 such comprehensive instructional, research, and service centers in the country. It is the only one of its scope in Louisiana. UL Lafayette's Center for Gifted Education strives to focus on the needs of the high ability/gifted learner, parent, and educator.

The Center for Gifted Education presents programs for:

  • Rising Pre-k-K grades
  • Rising 1st through 6th grades
  • Rising 7th through 10th grades
  • Parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators (LAgniappe Educators Conference)

Our academic enrichment programs are designed to support the development of talent in high ability and gifted learners. For specific details visit our Children's Programs pages. The Educators Conference strives to educate parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators. For more details visit the LAgniappe page.

Click here to hear our Interim Director of Children's Programs, Dr. Rebecca O'Brien speaking on Passe Partout about- UL Lafayette's Center for Gifted Education's Spring pop up event!

Save the date! The Center for Gifted Education has confirmed the dates for ALL of our 2019 summer programs!

LAgniappe Academic Enrichment Programs
The Child Development Lab School and the Main 
UL Campus
(for preK-K) & (for rising 1st-6th graders)
Week 1- June 10th-14th, 2019
Week 2- June 17th- 21st, 2019

LAgniappe Summer Scholars Residential & Commuter Program
(for rising 7th-10th graders)
June 2, 2019 through June 7, 2019

LAgniappe Educators Program
for parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators
W. T. Lewis Elementary School
Bossier City, LA  71111
June 4, 2019 through June 6, 2019

More information coming soon!

Please see our new section, Literary, Internet, & Student Interest Resources. We hope you find something of interest in our resource listing.

New Programs for Masters in Gifted Education and Doctor of Education Exceptional Learner Concentration! See below for More Information!

Master's Degree Program in Gifted Education

Learn more about a faster way to finish your Masters in Gifted Education! This Masters in Gifted Education Education program provides a variety of experiences to support graduates in gaining and understanding the unique needs of gifted and talented students.

Doctor of Education Exceptional Learner Concentration

To learn more the Doctor of Education Exceptional Learner Concentration please contact, Dr. Christine Briggs - or, Dr. Donna Wadsworth -
For more information regarding the Graduate School application and Educational Leadership program, please contact, Dr. Dianne Olivier -

The Center for Gifted Education's LAgniappe Educators Conference is the South's premier conference for educators and parents of high ability/gifted learners. This annual conference offers an opportunity for in-depth learning from the leaders in the field of gifted education. For details visit our LAgniappe Page.

We look forward to seeing you all at the 2019 LAgniappe Educators Conference in Bossier City at W. T. Lewis Elementary School June 4, 2019 through June 6, 2019!