Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)


College of Education


Department of Education

Primary Advisor

Dr. Janet Deck

Second Advisor

Dr. James Anderson

Third Advisor

Dr. Allen Griffin


The purpose of this study was to study how spiritual growth and housing choices for first-year college students correlate with one another. This qualitative case study is founded on the conceptual frameworks of Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development and Fowler’s stages of faith development The research participants were a criterion-based sample consisting of six Christian college students entering their first semester of college who all attended the same Christian high school prior to beginning their college career. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with all participants to gather rich, detailed information about their experiences in their spiritual and educational lives. Data collected from interviews were transcribed, coded, and analyzed to determine emergent themes. Findings from this study suggest that housing choices of college students can influence spiritual growth based off of each research participant’s interview responses and observations made by the researcher. Keywords: emerging adult, spiritual formation, spiritual growth