Jessica Cannaday, Ph.D.

Director, Single Subject Credential Program
Associate Professor, Division of Teacher Education
Phone: (760) 952-2965, Ext. 2280
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Jessica Cannaday, Ph.D., has more than 11 years of experience in public education as a teacher, social science department chair, and gifted and talented education coordinator. Cannaday has experience in staff development in the areas of service-learning, gifted and talented education, differentiation, multiple intelligences, and educational technology, and is also available as a gifted education consultant for districts in Southern California. In her spare time she performs in an Irish folk band, participates in living history reenactment, and spends time with her husband and three beautiful children.


  • Ph.D., Postsecondary and Adult Education (Emphasis in Gifted Education), Capella University
  • M.A., Social Science Education, University of Iowa
  • B.A., International Relations (Minors in History, Political Science, and Fine Arts), Drake University

Academic Area

  • School of Education
    • Division of Teacher Education

Courses Taught

  • TEG 500 – Introduction to Curriculum and Instruction in Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
  • TEG 503 – Teaching the Creatively Gifted and Talented Child
  • TEG 505 – Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted and Talented Learners
  • TEP 547 – Clinical Experiences in Curriculum and Assessment (7–12)
  • TEP 548 – Curriculum Planning and Assessment (7–12)
  • TEP 557 – Clinical Experiences in Teaching English Language Learners (7–12)
  • TEP 558 – Methods of Teaching English Language Learners (7–12)
  • TEP 589 – Introduction to Research for the P–12 Educational Setting