Math Secondary Education

Math Secondary Education Cougar Map

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.

If you would like to print out the Math Secondary Education Cougar Map, you may print out the Math Secondary Education Cougar Map (PDF).


(major/minor, summer suggestions, academic research)

First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year

Get to know your advisor.

Consult with the Learning Center/Writing Studio for academic support and tutoring.

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 M. 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.


(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 the Archimedeans Math Club, Education Club or the Saint Xavier Council.

Apply for a leadership role within the 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 oncampus employment on Handshake or look for part-time jobs to build your resume with the help of Career Services.

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.

Connect with Career Services to explore possible career paths and create a resume focused on career goals.

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.