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Dr. Jennaca Cotton

Dr. Jennaca Cotton

Visiting Instructor
Site Coordinator for Calabasas MA in Teaching (MAT)
Education Division, Graduate School of Education and Psychology


Dr. Jennaca Cotton is a Visiting Professor who serves as the MAT program site coordinator for the Calabasas campus. Additionally, Dr. Cotton teaches multiple courses for the MAT program at both campuses. Dr. Cotton first joined the Pepperdine community when she attended Seaver College for her undergraduate degree in elementary education. After graduating, she taught in Los Angeles at the elementary level and served as a literacy specialist before transitioning to working with pre-service candidates. Dr. Cotton has an M.A. in Reading Instruction with a Reading Specialist Credential from Loyola Marymount University and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. Dr. Cotton is passionate about literacy, equity, and social and emotional learning, and feels so grateful to work with the GSEP teaching candidates as they embark on their journey as educators.



  • EdD, University of Southern California
  • MA, Loyola Marymount University
  • BA, Pepperdine University