The student teaching experience is probably the most important phase of a teacher’s beginning professional preparation. By its very nature, the student teaching experience places a student in a dual role, that of a student and that of a teacher. As a student of teaching, learning is occurring through teaching experiences and reflection upon those experiences with the university supervisor and cooperating teacher. As a teacher, the student shares with the cooperating teacher (in progressively increasing amounts) the actual instructional responsibilities for the classroom. The transition from university student to professional teacher takes place largely during this time. A university must develop strong partnerships with public and private schools in order to provide a meaningful student teaching experience.