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Darden College of Education & Professional StudiesDepartment of STEM Education & Professional Studies


The Department of STEM Education and Professional Studies has three academic program areas. Each program provides you with the necessary skills needed to elevate your career and make a difference. You can find a list of our programs below. Contact us if you have any questions or want to try a class.

Explore Our Academic Programs

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Educational Psychology & Program Evaluation

This PH.D. program prepares you to become an expert in learning theories, program evaluation, and assessment and research methods.

Educational Psychology & Program Evaluation

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Instructional Design & Technology

Graduate students with a foundation in instructional design, cognitive theory, and research.

Instructional Design & Technology

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Library Science

Connecting Students to Library and Information Professions

Library & Information Studies


Innovative Faculty

Dr. Simons' research asks how the field of Library and Information Studies can better support communities (of both learning and practice) in designing and/or using information and communication technologies to foster inclusive spaces. They additionally research and share best practices for addressing diversity, equity, accessibility, inclusion, and justice (DEAIJ) across LIS curricula.

Jonathan Lee is an artist, librarian, and instructor based in Richmond, Virginia. Before joining the faculty at Old Dominion University, he served as the Academic Support Librarian at Reynolds Community College and the Research and Information Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University. Lee has an MLIS from Wayne State University, a BA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and was a visiting artist / instructor at Washington and Lee University, University of Richmond, Roanoke College, and Christopher Newport University. Along with over a decade of experience in academia and libraries, he has an extensive background in the arts. To learn more about his work, visit jleerva.com.

Dr. Jinhee Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) program at the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies. Before joining the faculty of ODU, she worked as a faculty at the Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in China, a consultant at the UNESCO International Bureau of Education in Switzerland, a program specialist at the APEC e-Learning training center in South Korea and Central American Bank for Economic Integration in Honduras. Dr. Kim has research interests intersecting the field of Learning Sciences, Human-Computer Interaction in Education, Instructional design, and Education for International Development, focusing on how to facilitate meaningful learning with advanced technologies. She is particularly interested in four research areas: (1) AI in Education, (2) Learning and teaching analytics, (3) Student-centered learning, and (4) Technology for Education and Development. Recently, a substantial portion of her work has been involved in Human-AI Interaction and Collaboration in Education, Learning models for future education, and Educational innovation. As she embraces diverse research agenda, she often works with researchers and practitioners in other domains, including computer sciences, public administration, and communication and information, and applies both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as diverse data mining techniques, to develop a holistic understanding of the learning/teaching process and mechanism.

Student Testimonials

Kendra Hall

Kendra Hall

The EPPE program has provided me with numerous opportunities to expand my research skills and knowledge while working with faculty on grants, research projects, and publications. I am so grateful for the EPPE faculty; their support is unmeasurable.


Jessica Reynolds

Thank you to each of my professors for making my time in the program an amazing experience! A special thank you to Dr. Burns for leading the Puerto Rico internship, an experience I will treasure forever. [Library Studies]

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