The M.Ed.in Exercise Science, Fitness and Wellness serve several purposes that can enhance quality of life in West Virginia. Graduates of this program will be able to educate persons in the region on how to live a healthier and more rewarding lifestyle and a longer life, particularly given the current issues with fitness and obesity in the state,. Persons entering this program range from public school teachers/coaches who want to advance their knowledge of Exercise Physiology, to professionals who coach and train, to graduates of related undergraduate programs seeking advanced study. This M.Ed. prepares graduates to become practitioners within the fields of Fitness, Wellness, and Exercise Physiology. Examples of employment opportunities are athletics programs, exercise/fitness centers, hospital wellness programs, corporate fitness/wellness programs, rehabilitation centers, and allied health careers.
The program also provides a resource to the state and region by creating and expanding opportunities in the following ways:
- Meeting the increase in need for exercise scientists/wellness specialists with baccalaureate degrees;
- Providing an option for graduate study for Fairmont State undergraduate majors in Exercise Science as well as those seeking a practitioner-based graduate option from other area institutions in area; and,
- Expanding options and opportunities in clinical preparation in region for people already working in the Exercise Science, Fitness and Wellness fields.