Faculty/Staff Profile

Margaret A. (Meg) Cooper

Margaret A. (Meg) Cooper, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Special Education

Phone: 678-839-6158 | Fax: 678-839-6162

Email:  mcooper@westga.edu

Office: Education Annex 206


Dr. Meg Cooper is Associate Professor of Special Education and currently coordinates special education programs for the Department of Clinical and Professional Studies. She teaches courses at all program levels and in all program areas, but specializes in severe and multiple disabilities and coordinates the MEd program in Special Education-Adapted Curriculum. Her research focuses on a variety of aspects of instruction of youngsters with significant cognitive impairment and multiple disabilities, including augmentative communication, specialized assessment strategies, collaborative teaming models, and group/embedded instruction. She has worked in more than 25 different states, including providing technical assistance and presenting at workshops. Prior to her appointment at UWG, Dr. Cooper taught youngsters with disabilities at all grade levels, worked as an educational diagnostician, and worked as a consultant to a variety of school and clinical programs. She taught in a variety of IHEs, including the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Vanderbilt University, Florida State University, and Auburn University.


  • B.A., Psychology, Antioch College, 1974
  • M.S., Special Education, George Peabody College for Teachers, 1977
  • Ph.D., Special Education, Kent State University, 1985

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • SPED-4709 (Special Edu Policies & Proced)    
    • SPED-4712 (Lang, Comm, & Tech: Mild Disab)    
    • SPED-6709 (Reg & Requirements in Spec Ed)    
    • SPED-6721 (Professional Seminar)    
    • SPED-7729 (Special Education Law)    
  • Summer 2015 Sections
    • SPED-6709 (Reg & Requirements in Spec Ed) Section: E01
    • SPED-7729 (Special Education Law) Section: E01
    • SPED-7729 (Special Education Law) Section: E02
  • Spring 2015 Sections
    • SPED-6709 (Reg & Requirements in Spec Ed) Section: E01
  • Fall 2014 Sections
    • SPED-4709 (Special Edu Policies & Proced) Section: 01
    • SPED-4712 (Lang, Comm, & Tech: Mild Disab) Section: 01D
    • SPED-6709 (Reg & Requirements in Spec Ed) Section: N02
    • SPED-6709 (Reg & Requirements in Spec Ed) Section: N01
  • Summer 2014 Sections
    • SPED-6721 (Professional Seminar) Section: N01

Selected Publications

  • Cooper, M. (2010). Cognitive assessment of nonverbal young children who have significant motor disability: Challenges and solutions. Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, XVIII, 19-33.
  • Baldwin, J., Heller, K. W., Cooper, M., Coleman, M. B., Mezei. P., & Avant., J. (2009). Initial special education teachers knowledge and skills standards for individuals with physical and health disabilities. In Council for Exceptional Children, What ever
  • Cooper, M. (2006, April). Integrating health care routines and instruction for students with severe multiple disabilities. Presentation at the annual international convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Salt Lake City, UT. Note: This presentat

Professional Interests

Multiple & Severe Disabilities; Intellectual Disability (moderate, severe, profound); Early Childhood Special Education; Inclusion; Integrated Instruction and Service Delivery; Augmentative and Alternative Communication; Facilitated Communication