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Center for Gifted Education

Thank you for visiting the Center for Gifted Education!

We are very excited to announce the relaunch of the Association for Gifted and Talented Students in Louisiana (AGTSLA)! Please, visit and share their new website with others!

Please enjoy this article about Perfectionism and Profoundly Gifted Child from The Davidson Institue for Talent Development.

We would like to thank the Acadiana Advocate for their write-up of our March 7th, 2020 event, the Spring 2020 Adolescent Conference.

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 potential/gifted learner, parent, and educator. 

We are looking forward to the future. We are working on creating Pop-up Programs for the PreK through 2nd graders, 3rd through 6th graders, and a future Adolescent Conference for the students who are rising into the 7th through 10th grades. Please check back on our website and our Facebook page for updated information. 

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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 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 more details visit the LAgniappe page.

Check back to see program updates for: 

  • Rising Pre-k-K grades
  • Rising 1st through 6th grades
  • Rising 7th through 10th grades

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 -
     Dr. Donna Wadsworth -

For more information regarding the Graduate School application and Educational Leadership program, please contact:
     Dr. Dianne Olivier -

Contact Us

Please contact the Center for Gifted Education with any questions.

Kathleen McIntire, Administrative Coordinator III
Office Address
Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning
Room 266
Lafayette, LA 70506

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 43648
Lafayette, LA  70504-3648


Hosted by

Dr. Christine Briggs, Director of the Center for Gifted Education