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Secondary Education Cougar Maps

The Cougar Map is intended to guide you with suggestions for potential activities and career paths that can help you along your educational journey. Although everyone has different abilities, experiences and challenges, this Cougar Map can be used with the help of your advisors to prepare for the future you want with a clear vision of your college-to-career pathway. Please refer to the SXU Academic Catalog and academic planning resources for detailed degree requirements.

Secondary Education (9 -12)

Biology/Science Secondary Education Cougar Map

If you would like to print out the Cougar Map, please view the Biology/Science Secondary Education Cougar Map (PDF).

Competence

(Major/minor, summer suggestions, academic research)

First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year

Explore scholarship opportunities.

Bring writing assignments to the Learning Center/Writing Studio for help in fine tuning papers.

Visit the Counseling Center for stress relief ideas.

Become familiar with the HUB for all your technical needs.

Form or join a study group with education majors and biology students.

Consider summer courses to catch up or get ahead with your studies.

Complete an education research project for a possible conference presentation.

Be mindful of important dates, i.e. semester Develop your topic for your senior seminar research project.

Visit the library for access to resources for your research papers.

Begin work on your topic for your Senior Seminar independent research project.



Character

(Service, global perspective, study abroad, clubs, RSOs, volunteering))

Consider joining a student club or intramural sports team.

Enroll in Cougars LEAD that supports leadership development and begin working on your leadership certificate.

Participate in student activities.

Explore opportunities to work on campus or get involved with service opportunities through Campus Ministry.

Volunteer at a local organization or education setting.

Take on a leadership role within a student club or organization.

Consider participating in a spring break service trip or study abroad.

Complete the Cougars LEAD Leadership Certificate program.

Serve as a peer mentor for next year’s student-teachers.

Join professional associations related to the field of education and biology.

Career Success

(Career or grad school prep, internships, jobs)

Complete your SXU Handshake profile for student employment with the help of the Center for SUCCESS.

Explore careers related to biology and education. 

Attend SXU's career-related events throughout your time at SXU and network with professionals.

Create a LinkedIn profile and make connections within your academic and personal circles.

Apply for an on-campus position in the Biology Department as a lab assistant or tutor.

Secure a position in education as a tutor or after-school assistant

Secure a position as a paraprofessional or teacher aide for a summer program.

Research graduate schools and prepare for post-graduate academic/professional exam(s), if applicable

Ensure that your LinkedIn or other professional social media accounts reflect all your recent experiences.

Actively apply for teaching opportunities.

Apply to graduate schools, if applicable.

English Secondary Education Cougar Map

If you would like to print out the Cougar Map, please view the English Secondary Education Cougar Map (PDF).

Competence

(Major/minor, summer suggestions, academic research)

First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year

Explore scholarship opportunities.

Bring writing assignments to the Learning Center/Writing Studio for help in fine tuning papers.

Compose your bucket list of must-read titles in canonical and popular literature.

Don't get discouraged in your studies! Visit the Counseling Center for stress relief ideas.

Consider pursuing a minor.

Consider summer courses to catch up or get ahead with your studies.

Develop your topic for your senior seminar research project.

Be mindful of important dates, i.e. semester ends and begins, deadline to withdraw from a course, petition for graduation.

Complete an education research project

Meet with the Language and Literature Department to ensure you’re on track to graduate.

Look to submit work for undergraduate academic publications.

Character

(Service, global perspective, study abroad, clubs, RSOs, volunteering))

Consider joining a student club or intramural sports team.

Enroll in Cougars LEAD that supports leadership development and begin working on your leadership certificate.

Participate in student activities.

Explore opportunities to work on campus or get involved with service opportunities through Campus Ministry.

Volunteer in an education setting or in a role that requires you to serve as an educator.

Write for the student newspaper, The Xavierite.

Take on a leadership role within a student club or organization.

Consider participating in a spring break service trip or study abroad.

Check eligibility to join the international honor society, Sigma Tau Delta.

Look into joining professional associations related to education and English and assist those organizations with their events.

Write for Opus SXU's literary publication.

Career Success

(Career or grad school prep, internships, jobs)

Complete your SXU Handshake profile for student employment with the help of the Center for SUCCESS.

Attend SXU's career-related events throughout your time at SXU and network with professionals.

Attain paraprofessional licensure.

Secure a position as a tutor or after-school assistant.

Develop a teaching portfolio.

Secure a position as a paraprofessional or teacher aide to help you diversify your resume, while giving you experience working with adolescents.

Ensure that your LinkedIn or other professional social media accounts reflect all your recent experiences.

Actively apply for teaching opportunities.

Social Science Secondary Education Cougar Map

If you would like to print out the Cougar Map, please view the Social Science Secondary Education Cougar Map (PDF).

Competence

(Major/minor, summer suggestions, academic research)

First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year

Explore scholarship opportunities.

Meet with your academic advisor to ensure you have a clear understanding of your program requirements.

Bring writing assignments to the Learning Center/Writing Studio for help fine-tuning papers.

Become familiar with the HUB and CIDAT for all your technical needs.

Get to know the faculty of the Education Department.

Form or join study groups with education majors and with students in your subject area of concentration.

Complete an education research project for a possible conference presentation.

Be mindful of important dates, i.e. semester ends and begins, deadline to withdraw from a course, petition for graduation.

Begin work on your topic for your Senior Seminar independent research project.

Visit the library for access to resources for your research papers.

Character

(Service, global perspective, study abroad, clubs RSOs, volunteering))

Consider joining a student club or intramural sports team.

Enroll in Cougars LEAD that supports leadership development and begin working on your leadership certificate.

Explore opportunities to work on campus or get involved with service opportunities through Campus Ministry.

Volunteer at a local organization or education setting.

Participate in student activities.

Take on a leadership role within a student club or organization.

Participate in outreach activities such as a spring break service trip.

Consider participating in a study abroad experience.

Serve as a peer mentor for next year's student-teachers.

Join professional associations related to the field of education and your subject area and assist those organizations with their events.

Career Success

(Career or grad school prep, internships, jobs)

Complete your SXU Handshake profile for student employment with the help of the Center for SUCCESS.

Attend SXU's career-related events throughout your time at SXU and network with professionals.

Secure a position in education as a tutor or after-school assistant with a local school or community program.

Create a LinkedIn profile and make connections within your academic and personal circles.

Start developing your teaching portfolio. 

Attain paraprofessional licensure. 

Research professional options licensure for social science secondary education teachers.

Secure a position as a paraprofessional or teacher aide for a summer program.

Research graduate schools and prepare for post-graduate academic/professional exam(s), applicable.

Ensure that your LinkedIn or other professional social media accounts reflect all your recent experiences.

Explore entry-level full-time opportunities related to your skills.

Apply to graduate schools, if applicable.

Actively apply for teaching opportunities.

Mathematics Secondary Education Cougar Map

If you would like to print out the Cougar Map, please view the Mathematics Secondary Education Cougar Map (PDF).

Competence

(Major/minor, summer suggestions, academic research)

First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year

Explore scholarship opportunities.

Consult the Learning Center/Writing Studio for tutoring in any challenging courses.

Consider applying for the Edwin J. and Mildred B. Keene Mathematics Scholarship. 

Become familiar with the HUB and CIDAT for all your technical needs.

Apply for the Catherine H. Malin Scholarship.

Consider pursuing a minor.

Apply for the Sylvia Schlunk Award.

Consider summer courses to catch up or get ahead in your education.

Begin work on your topic for your Senior Seminar independent research project.

Collaborate with faculty on possible research opportunities

Character

(Service, global perspective, study abroad, clubs, RSOs, volunteering))

Consider joining a student club or intramural sports team.

Enroll in Cougars LEAD that supports leadership development and begin working on your leadership certificate.

Explore opportunities to work on campus or get involved with service opportunities through Campus Ministry.

Participate actively in registered student organizations, such as Archimedeans Math Club, Education Club or the Student Government Association and Student Activities Board

Apply for a leadership role within Archimedeans Math Club or Education Club. 

Consider participating in a spring break service trip or study abroad.

Volunteer at a local math teacher conference or a regional high school math contest.

Join professional organizations such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics(NCTM), Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM), and the Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago(MMC).

Look for opportunities to use your advanced mathematical skills.

Career Success

(Career or grad school prep, internships, jobs)

Create your profile and apply for on-campus employment on Handshake or look for part-time jobs to build your resume with the help of the Center for SUCCESS.

Attend SXU's career-related events throughout your time at SXU and network with professionals.

Create a LinkedIn profile and make connections within your academic and personal circles.

Become a tutor in the Learning Center or within the Math Department.

Apply for relevant work experience in areas of interest that will help build your quantitative and teaching skills. 

Apply for a summer internship working with high school students in a variety of settings or one that will give you experience tutoring or reaching.

Attend professional development opportunities to connect with practicing teachers in the area.


Network with alumni and current teaching professionals.

Explore entry-level full-time opportunities related to your skills.

Apply to graduate schools, if applicable. 

k-12 specialized areas

Art Secondary Education Cougar Map

If you would like to print out the Cougar Map, please view the Art Secondary Education Cougar Map (PDF).

Competence

(Major/minor, summer suggestions, academic research)

First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year

Explore scholarship opportunities.

Dedicate three hours of studio time per week.

Prepare for your first-year portfolio review due in January.

Become familiar with the HUB and CIDAT for all your technical needs.

Develop summer studio practice.

Dedicate six to nine hours of studio time per week.

Prepare for your sophomore portfolio review due in January.

Dedicate nine to twelve hours of studio time per week.

Prepare for your junior portfolio review due in January and a project proposal as well as begin your senior seminar project.

Prepare for your Senior Thesis Exhibition.

Begin work on your topic for your Senior Seminar independent research project.

Dedicate twelve hours of studio time.

Character

(Service, global perspective, study abroad, clubs, RSOs, volunteering))

Consider joining a student club or intramural sports team.

Enroll in Cougars LEAD that supports leadership development and begin working on your leadership certificate.

Explore opportunities to work on campus or get involved with service opportunities through Campus Ministry.

Volunteer at organizations to utilize your art skills to help others or contribute to a cause.

Take on a leadership role within a student club or organization.

Consider participating in a spring break service trip or study abroad.

Volunteer in an education setting.

Look for opportunities to design and plan creative events on or off campus.

Consider participating in local, regional and national art exhibitions and competitions.

Career Success

(Career or grad school prep, internships, jobs)

Complete your SXU Handshake profile for student employment with the help of the Center for SUCCESS.

Research art-related careers.

Attend SXU’s career-related events throughout your time at SXU and network with professionals.

Create a LinkedIn profile and make connections within your academic and personal circles.

Begin compiling your online art portfolio.

Attain paraprofessional licensure.

Apply for art-related campus jobs in University Relations or the Art Department.

Explore internships at places like the Museum of Contemporary Art, Beverly Arts Center, Art Institute of Chicago and Solutions 3 Graphics.

Secure a summer position as a paraprofessional or teacher aide.

Research graduate schools and prepare for post-graduate academic/professional exam(s), if applicable.
Ensure that your LinkedIn or other professional social media accounts reflect all your recent experiences.

Actively apply for teaching opportunities.

Apply to graduate schools, if applicable

Music Education: Choral/Vocal Cougar Map

If you would like to print out the Cougar Map, please view the Music Education: Choral/Vocal Cougar Map (PDF).

Competence

(Major/minor, summer suggestions, academic research)

First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year

Develop initial skills in the study of music theory, aural skills and keyboard skills.

Perfect your knowledge of scales, rhythms and key signatures.

Work with your applied teacher to start preparing for your Formal Admission Jury.

Meet regularly with your advisor.

Prepare audition repertoire and research the types of performers with successful auditions.

Work with your applied teacher to make initial decisions regarding junior recital repertoire. 

Refine your overall knowledge in the areas of form and analysis, counterpoint, jazz theory, non-western music, history and style.

Work with your applied teacher to finalize your senior recital repertoire.

Gain experience with industry-specific software like Finale, Sibelius, Pyware,ProTools and Garage Band, which are available in the Music Computer Lab.

Compile video and audio recordings of your performances and teaching that best represent you as a professional

Character

(Service, global perspective, study abroad, clubs/RSOs, volunteering))

Consider joining a student club or intramural sports team.

Enroll in Cougars LEAD that supports leadership development and begin working on your leadership certificate.

Join the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

Visit the Center for International Education for study abroad opportunities.

Volunteer by performing music or helping a school, church or organization learn about music and the arts.

Take on a leadership role within a student club or organization.

Actively volunteer for National Endowment for the ArtsMusic in Our Schools Month, a non-profit group or other similar type of arts-related organization.

Develop a private lesson studio or teach groups of students.

Engage in the vibrant classical, new music and jazz communities unique to the Chicagoland region.

Perform for a nursing home, hospital or other venue to serve as a form of music therapy or enjoyment.

Student teach or begin to grow your private lesson studio. 

Career Success

(Career or grad school prep, internships, jobs)

Complete your SXU Handshake profile for student employment with the help of the Center for SUCCESS.

Find areas within the field of music and explore employment options.

Create a LinkedIn profile and make connections within your academic and personal circles.

Continue to build your personal collection of professional music recordings and scores. 

Audition for professional ensembles.

Compile audition repertoire and application materials for graduate school.

Reach out to your mentors for help perfecting your resume, biography and other job-seeking materials. 

Update your LinkedIn or other professional social media accounts.

Visit Center for SUCCESS to create a job search plan, sharpen your resume and practice interviewing.

Become familiar with performers and educators.

 

 

 

 

 

Music - Instrumental Cougar Map:

If you would like to print out the Cougar Map, please view the Music - Instrumental Cougar Map (PDF).

  First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year

Competence

(Major/minor, summer suggestions, academic research)

Develop initial skills in the study of music theory, aural skills and keyboard skills. Perfect your knowledge of scales, rhythms and key signatures. Work with your applied teacher to start preparing for your Formal Admission Jury. Meet regularly with your Music advisor. Prepare audition repertoire and research the types of performers with successful auditions. Work with your applied teacher to make initial decisions regarding junior recital repertoire. Create transcriptions of improvised solos. Refine your overall knowledge in the areas of form and analysis, counterpoint, jazz theory, non-western music, history and style. Work with your applied teacher to finalize your senior recital repertoire. Gain experience with industry-specific software like Finale, Sibelius, Pyware ProTools and Garage Band, which are available in the Music Computer Lab. Compile video and audio recordings of your performances and teaching that best represent you as a professional.

Character

(Service, global perspective, study abroad,clubs/RSOs, volunteering)

Consider joining a student club or intramural sports team. Enroll in Cougars LEAD that supports leadership development and work toward your leadership certificate. Join the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Visit the Center for International Education for study abroad opportunities. Volunteer by performing music or helping a school, church or organization learn about music and the arts. Take on a leadership role within a student club or organization. Actively volunteer for National Endowment for the Arts, Music in Our Schools Month, a non-profit group or other similar type of arts-related organization. Develop a private lesson studio or teach groups of students. Engage in the vibrant classical, new-music and jazz communities unique to the Chicagoland region. Perform for a nursing home, hospital or other venue to serve as a form of music therapy or enjoyment. Student teach or begin to grow your private lesson studio.

Career Success

(Career or grad school prep, internships, jobs)

Complete your SXU Handshake profile for student employment with the help of Center for SUCCESS.

Find areas within the field of music and explore employment options.
Create a LinkedIn profile and establish meaningful connections within your academic and personal circles. Continue to build your personal collection of professional music recordings and scores. Audition for professional ensembles. Compile audition repertoire and application materials for graduate school. Reach out to your mentors for help perfecting your resume, biography and other job-seeking materials. Update your LinkedIn or other professional social media accounts. Visit Center for SUCCESS to create a job search plan, sharpen your resume and practice interviewing. Become familiar with performers and educators.



Spanish Secondary Education Cougar Map

If you would like to print out the Cougar Map, please view the Spanish Secondary Education Cougar Map (PDF).

Competence

(Major/minor, summer suggestions, academic research)

First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year

Explore opportunities for scholarships.

Bring writing assignments to the Learning Center/Writing Studio for help in fine- tuning papers.

Don’t get discouraged in your first year! For stress relief ideas, visit the Counseling Center

Get to know your academic advisor.

Visit the library for the appropriate resources in writing your research papers.

Get to know faculty members in the Language and Literature Department.

Apply for the Sister Dorothy Peschon Scholarship, specific to foreign language majors or seek out scholarships exclusively for SXU students.

Consider working with a faculty member on a research project.

Be mindful of important dates, i.e. semester ends and begins, deadline to withdraw from a course, petition for graduation.

Secure an off-campus position in education for student teaching or one that will use your language skills and help diversify your background of relevant experiences.

Meet with the Language and Literature Department to ensure you’re on track to graduate.

Begin work on your topic for your Senior Seminar independent research project.

Character

(Service, global perspective, study abroad,clubs/RSOs, volunteering))

Consider joining a student club or intramural sports team. Clubs can include the Education Club, Model United Nations Club or Student Government Association and Student Activities Board.

Enroll in Cougars LEAD that supports leadership development and begin working on your leadership certificate.

Visit the Center for International Education and research opportunities to take part in a service trip or study abroad program.

Volunteer at a non-profit such as, LNortea NorteNational Museum of Mexican ArtLatino Union of Chicago or Community Health Latino Policy Forum.

Take on a leadership role within a student club or organization.

Discover the Hispanic Association of Colleges and University (HACU) and learn more about their scholarship and internship opportunities.

Consider participating in a spring break service trip.

Explore post-graduate volunteer opportunities with Holy Child Volunteers or investigate local options for volunteer work.

Consider joining professional organizations, such as the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, American Translators Association or the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language.

Career Success

(Career or grad school prep, internships, jobs)

Complete your SXU Handshake profile for student employment with the help of Center for SUCCESS.

Meet with Center for SUCCESS to research occupations of interest related to Spanish and Education.

Secure a position in education as a tutor or after-school assistant with a local school or community program.

Create a LinkedIn profile and establish meaningful connections within your academic and personal circles.

Explore internships or jobs on Handshake with organizations, such as the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago.

Attend SXU’s career-related events throughout the year and network with professionals.

Ask faculty and staff members to serve as references as you begin the search for internships, student teaching, and full-time positions.

Begin collecting and revising writing samples for your professional digital portfolio.

Explore summer internships or jobs with organizations, such as Heartland Alliance, Latino Policy Forum or Telemundo Chicago.

Prepare for post-graduate academic/ professional exam, if applicable.

Ensure that your LinkedIn or other professional social media accounts reflect all your recent academic, professional and volunteer experiences.

Visit Center for SUCCESS to create a job search plan, sharpen your resume and practice interviewing.

Attend job, graduate school and intern fairs to help prepare you for what comes next after college.