Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-School Counseling (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth Stolle

Academic Year



The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, also known more commonly as separation of church and state, is a policy implemented at the federal and state level that schools must strictly adhere to. This means religion can neither be supported nor denied in educational institutions to receive federal and state funding. Due to the intertwining of religion and spirituality, this policy encourages spirituality to be invisible in schools in order to neither support nor reject any one religion. While this policy presents an opportunity for everyone to practice their religion of choice, lack of intentional spiritual development, such as expanding worldviews and improving relationality, may hinder the growth of the student as a whole. This project looks at studies, interviews, theories, and opinions of many stakeholders in education regarding the implementation of spirituality in education. An American School Counselor Association (ASCA) aligned intervention is proposed as a method of improving relationality as a means to spirituality; awareness of self, understanding of others, and purposeful action.

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