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Educational Leadership - Ed.D. and Ph.D.

Research guide for students pursuing an Ed.D. or Ph.D. in Educational Leadership

Choosing a Topic


When selecting a topic for your doctoral research, might ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I care about this topic enough to continue studying it beyond my doctoral research?
  • Am I able to convince others that this topic is important?
  • Am I willing to invest my resources in the exploration of this topic?
  • Is this topic likely to still be relevant in 7 years?
  • Do those working in my discipline engage in conversations related to this topic?

Watch this Credo Learning Tools video on How to Select a Topic which is an essential foundational step of the research process. The other videos listed on the Credo Research Quick Tips page from the How to Select a Topic video might also be helpful.