Mount receives grant from TD Bank Charitable Foundation

August 24, 2011

Newburgh, NY -

The number of special education teachers is expected to increase by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, Mount Saint Mary College will better meet this need by further developing its special education programs, part of the college’s nationally accredited teacher education curriculum.

The TD Charitable Foundation grant provides for assistive technology equipment for use with current and future special education students in public schools, particularly in the Newburgh and Beacon city school districts. Studies show that assistive technology in the classroom benefits students by enhancing learning and building life skills.

Mount Saint Mary College students partner with more than 50 area school districts in the mid Hudson Valley, working with students with and without disabilities, utilizing the most effective teaching methods. Before they even start student teaching, Mount students complete approximately 100 to 150 hours or more of in-school fieldwork.

Approximately two thirds of Mount undergraduate education students – and one third of graduate education students -- obtained their special education certification in 2010.

Special education programs were introduced at Mount Saint Mary College in 1964. The Mount now offers undergraduate and graduate programs in special education, dual childhood and special education, dual adolescence and special education, and dual literacy and special education to help prepare students to meet the needs of all learners.

With federal recognition for community service, Mount Saint Mary College also offers strong career preparation in health professions, business, psychology, social services and liberal arts.

The Mount anticipates its largest resident population and some 460 new freshman when the class moves in August 27. The first Admissions Open House, for future prospects, is scheduled for September 18.

About the TD Charitable Foundation

The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank N.A., which operates as TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and is one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation's mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Bank operates, having made $73.7 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The Foundation’s areas of focus are affordable housing, education and financial literacy, and the environment. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including an online grant application, is available at