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

Joy serves as the Director of the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure (OTEL). Joy is tasked with providing leadership and oversight to OTEL staff and personnel, while also driving Teacher Education and all licensure programs forward. As a former junior high STEM teacher and a licensed educator, elementary/secondary principal, and district level superintendent, Joy is passionate about the educational needs of children and families and serves to ensure the highest professional and licensure standards for educators by providing guidance and mentorship to our future and current educators and leaders.

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

As the Senior Licensing Advisor/Officer, Karen brings an extensive and in-depth knowledge of Teacher Education programs at Purdue University, and can provide clarification and articulation of national, professional, and state standards and related licensing and accreditation requirements. With over 20 years’ experience in the College of Education, Karen successfully advises and guides students, Academic Advisors, faculty, and staff on initial and advanced teacher preparation programs, licensure requirements and processes. Karen is also an active participant in her community, volunteering her time and resources to local organizations that focus on animals and/or children.

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

Rachel’s role as Licensing Advisor/Officer is to provide guidance to multiple university and professional level clients including faculty members, Academic Advisors, professional educators, district administrators, and undergraduate and graduate level Teacher Education students. Rachel responds to the needs of students, faculty, and staff regarding licensure plans of study, Teacher Education program preparation, admission, licensing issues and requirements. Previously serving as the Graduate Administrative Assistance for OTEL while attending Purdue, Rachel is dedicated to the field of education and its advancement, having taught Social Studies for ten years in a surrounding rural school.

Constance Golando,
Teacher Education and Licensure Data Management & Steward
BRNG 3229

Joining the team in January 2023, Constance professionally manages, authenticates, monitors, summarizes, and reports on complex, multi-year, Teacher Education and Licensure data at the individual student, program, examination, and licensure level. Constance is responsible and accountable for Teacher Education and Licensure data management, reporting, authentication, monitoring, and documentation for thirty-eight, undergraduate and graduate level licensure programs, comprised of over 1300 enrolled students for university, state, and federal review, funding, and planning. Inspired by the field of data management, Constance has two master’s degrees from Drexel University: one in Library Science and the other in Information Systems.

Liu Dong
Graduate Assistant
BRNG 3216F

Serving as the Graduate Administrative Assistant since January 2022, Liu provides professional support to the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure for program accuracy and compliance, student progression, record maintenance, data requests, research, reporting, and special projects for admission, retention, licensure, and accreditation purposes. Liu is also a doctoral student in Learning Design and Technology program in the College of Education.