Office of Teacher Education and Licensure

Welcome to the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure (OTEL). Our team is here to serve current and prospective undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, current educators, as well as faculty and staff. We serve as your licensing officer, advisor, liaison, and advocate between Purdue University, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), and other state and international licensure boards and agencies for the length of your career. The OTEL team provides reliable, career-long guidance on Indiana teacher education and licensure standards, rules, and procedures. We certify your Purdue program completion for Indiana and out-of-state licensure, and OTEL will also maintain your licensure portfolio for life. General licensure inquiries and questions can be sent to

Meet the Licensure Team

Dr. Joy Garton Krueger
Director Office of Teacher Education and Licensure
(765) 494-2345
BRNG 3216C

I am a former junior high STEM teacher and a licensed educator, elementary/secondary principal, and district level superintendent. I care deeply about the educational needs of children and families and serve to ensure the highest professional and licensure standards for educators by providing guidance and mentorship to our future and current educators and leaders. Outside of Purdue, I devote my time and abilities to several organizations who warmly welcome and support those most vulnerable and in greatest need within our community. I find immense joy in returning to my home state of Michigan for the recreation and renewal found only in northern waters and life-long friendships.

Karen L. Hearn
Senior Licensing Advisor/Officer
(765) 494-2345
BRNG 3216E

I was born in Michigan, raised in California, and have spent half of my life in Indiana. When not working, I enjoy time with my family, my husband, daughter, and furry kids (5 cats and 1 dog, all rescues), along with tending my garden and watching the birds and other critters that frequent our feeders. Bargain hunting at second-hand shops and garage sales is a favorite past-time. I try to stay active, and while not athletic, on many weekends I can be found participating in a local 5K charity event. My volunteer work tends to focus on animals and/or children. Relaxing for me involves reading a book and listening to music or watching a movie. My life philosophy: Live, Love, Laugh, and Learn.

Rachel Swank
Licensing Advisor/Officer
(765) 496-0763
BRNG 3216D

I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, where I was a first-generation college student. I have a bachelor’s degree from UNLV in History and a master’s degree from Purdue University in Curriculum and Instruction focusing on Social Studies Education. I was the graduate assistant for the Office of Professional Preparation and Licensure while attending Purdue. I taught for the past ten years as a Social Studies teacher and was the Social Studies Department Chair at Attica Jr./Sr. High School. I have recently returned to Purdue in the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure as a Licensing Advisor/Officer. I am passionate about education, international travel, and history (especially the Middle Ages). I enjoy reading and watching my three beautiful daughters grow.

Liu Dong
Graduate Assistant
BRNG 3216F

I was born in China. I’m now a doctoral student in Learning Design and Technology program in the College of Education. I started my work in the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure (OTEL) in January 2022. I love riding bikes and traveling.