Members of the teaching profession undertake professional learning throughout their careers.
Programs which provide the necessary skills, knowledge and experiences for those entering the profession are referred to as preservice or initial teacher education programs.
Learning undertaken once employed as a teacher is often referred to as in-service teacher education, professional development or continuing professional development.
Transitioning to a different area of teaching: some useful tips
The QCT sets qualification requirements for the registration of teachers and registers the person as a ‘teacher’, not as an early years, primary or specialist secondary teacher. A registered teacher can legally be employed to teach any year level in a school. The specific subjects, grades or classes assigned to a registered teacher are ultimately decided by the school/employer.
However, for teachers wanting to upgrade their skills to transition from primary to secondary teaching or vice versa; or to early childhood teaching, some useful tips can be found here .