Mustang U

Mount Mercy University serves as a resource to ensure Catholic K-12 schools within the Archdiocese of Dubuque and other dioceses have a wealth of opportunities for students and educators to learn, network, and collaborate.

Serving Students & Educators


Students at participating Catholic schools can take courses at their school or remotely for college credit.

Student Workshops

Mount Mercy hosts workshops for Catholic students to build leadership and other impactful skills.

Educator Workshops

We provide opportunities for educators to engage in faith-based workshops that meet their unique needs.

Opportunities for Students

Courses for Students

We provide opportunities for Catholic high school students to deepen their faith and expand their knowledge through courses and workshops.

Mustang U remote courses offers juniors and seniors at participating Catholic high schools the opportunity to take online on-demand courses taught by Mount Mercy instructors.

Students receive Mount Mercy credit for their courses. A range of topics are available to students including courses in nursing, education, business, science, and religion.

Mustang U also offers dual enrollment courses. These classes are taught by Catholic high school teachers in partnership with Mount Mercy. Students receive high school credit and Mount Mercy credit.

Teaching a dual enrollment course means high school teachers go above and beyond their contractual requirements. To show appreciation for these highly motivated teachers, Mustang U offers a competitive pay matrix that increases teacher pay based on the total number of dual enrollment students taught.

Mustang U has a collaborative relationship with dual enrollment teachers. This includes:

  • Assistance with course syllabus creation
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Increased use of open educational resources

Workshops for Students

Other opportunities we provide for high school students include:

  • Our Catholic High School Leadership Institute offers juniors at participating Catholic high schools the chance to develop student leadership skills and serve the community during the summer.
  • SPARK is a summer workshop providing high school students from participating Catholic schools the opportunity to develop apologetic and evangelistic skills to strengthen their Catholic faith and to better serve/lead their parish and school communities. The workshop will present Catholic teaching on chosen topics as well as opportunities for students to learn how to defend their faith.

The Catholic School Teachers Academy is a collaboration between Mount Mercy’s Theology Program and Education Department to increase the number of teachers for K-12 Catholic schools.

Marcel Kielkucki

Beckman Catholic is pleased to partner with Mount Mercy University to enhance our dual-credit offerings. They have been great partners and are very interested in working with us to make this a win-win opportunity.

Marcel Kielkucki ’02
Principal | Beckman Catholic High School

Opportunities for Educators

We strive to provide opportunities for educators to explore their faith and to connect and collaborate with one another.

Ignite is a flexible online faith formation workshop for Catholic K-12 schools. This innovative program sparks the exploration of educators’ faith (Catholic and non-Catholic) through solid Catholic sources and interactive activities.

Workshops are uniquely created to meet the faith formation needs of an entire diocese, a group of Catholic schools, or an individual Catholic school. Examples of past topics include:

  • Apologetics
  • Integration of Faith Across Academic Curriculum
  • Love
  • Pastoral Principles
  • Racism
  • Sexual Ethics Issues
  • Wellness
The Forward in Faith Conference brings together Catholic K-12 school teachers and administrators to form connections and engage in professional development. The conference is offered every other year in the summer.

Contact us

Questions? Connect with us to learn more.


Phil Drey

Associate Professor of Theology
(319) 363-1323 x1855