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Center for Gifted Education

Thank you for visiting the Center for Gifted Education!

Check out our Original Curation from The Center:
Emotional Freedom Tappling Technique

We are very happy to announce our first of two Parent and Child Pop-Ups October 24, 2023 in Maxim D. Doucet Hall, 1401 Johnston St. (Rooms 108 & 109) Lafayette, LA 70504

We are very excited to announce the Fall 2023 Adolescent Conference.

Registration is required. 

Please join us in Oliver Hall, November 11, 2023, from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. for the LAgniappe Academic Enrichment Program: Adolescent Conference. Morning sessions will be in the Gaming Lab and then the Virtual Reality Lab. The afternoon sessions include either Art or Theatre. We look foward to seeing current 7th through 10th grade students on the 11th of November.

The Center for Gifted Education is pleased to co-present, Educators Retreat on Exceptional Learners.


Join the LA Council for Exceptional Children has partnered with Families Helping Families, the UL Center for Gifted Education, and stakeholders throughout the state to host a retreat for administrators, educators, para-professionals, service providers, and families! The goal of this retreat is to support you to be your best this year!

Read the article, Students solve challenges in summer camp, UL hosts hope it will spark a team for global competition to learn more about the Center for Gifted Education and the Destination Imagination® program.

Check out our Original Curation from The Center:
The Benefits of Participating in Performing Art- Talent Development
Check out this week's Online Resource from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
Myths about Gifted Students

Program Announcements:

Our Spring 2023 Screening Window is now closed for new participants seeking mandatory qualification for admission to our Summer Programs. 

Program History

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. 

Our academic enrichment programs are designed to support the development of talent in high ability, gifted, and talented learners. For specific details regarding the Rising PreK through Rising 10th Grade Programs 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.


Beginning in Fall 2018 ALL new students seeking to participate in programs presented by the Center for Gifted Education must submit a one-time, non-refundable, $25.00 application fee.

Returning Students:
Students previously accepted into the Center for Gifted Education programs have the status of Returning Students.

There will be a class fee per student.

New Students
Students must qualify for admission to the Programs presented by the Center for Gifted Education. This requires students seeking to participate in the Programs presented by the Center for Gifted Education must submit a one-time, non-refundable, $25.00 application fee. Our screening window is currently closed. 

Upon submission of the application fee the parent will receive the parent checklist and we will send a teacher checklist to the teacher listed in the application. The application fee will cover the review of the parent, and teacher checklist. Dr. Bruce-Davis will determine student qualification for participation after a review of the checklists.

Older students (5th grade and above) who are NOT in a Parish GT Program will require a score review to determine admission.

New students who are in a Parish GT Program must submit a one-time, non-refundable, $25.00 application fee, and the parent and teacher checklist. Identified students must also submit the 1st page of their most recent IEP, or the Welcome letter from the Gifted and Talented Program. GT Program students do not need to submit scores for review.

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 Master's in Gifted Education! This Master's in Gifted Education program provides a variety of experiences to support graduates in gaining and understanding the unique needs of gifted and talented students.

Doctorate In Educational Leadership with A Concentration in Exceptional Learners

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. Amanda Mayeaux -

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