Academic Programs

Direct communication is the most effective way of providing academic services to students.

Academic advisement

The National Center on Deafness (NCOD) works closely with deaf and hard-of-hearing students using mostly sign language communication. Students can meet with an advisor to learn about university procedures or general education requirements. NCOD also provide sworkshops to new deaf and hard-of-hearing students that explain the calculation of academic status, ways to improve study habits and time management. This direct, frequent advisement leads students to more appropriate enrollment and earlier graduation.

Early registration information and timeline

NCOD offers Early Registration for deaf and hard of hearing students only.

Verify: Check your early registration status and verify your early registration appointment through your myNorthridge Portal. If you don’t have an early registration status which is on May 1st, please notify your NCOD academic advisor.

Clear Holds: If there are any “holds” on your account, you must clear them in advance before you can register for classes.

Plan Course Schedule: We recommend you meet with your major academic advisor well in advance of your registration date to create an educational plan. Through the myNorthridgePortal, you may also find that you need academic advisement. If required, meet with your academic advisor through your academic department to discuss your educational plan for upcoming semester(s). 

Schedule Appointment with the NCOD Academic Advisor (Between 4/10-5/1): Please contact NCOD to schedule an appointment with the Academic Advisor at the front desk or email The NCOD academic advisor will assist you by reviewing the information provided by your major advisor to help meet your accommodation and services needs in your classes.

Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) Clients or other 3rd party sponsorship and Disenrollment Protection: Please inform NCOD that you are a Department of Vocational Rehabilitation client to ensure that you will get disenrollment protection.

Check for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in other classes: Remember to register for classes with other deaf and hard of hearing students to get the best interpreters and transcribers assigned, to have a good chance of having both in the same class, and to benefit from peer support.

Register for Courses: Manage your registration through the myNorthridge Portal. You may also use the How To Guides for Students to learn more about myNorthridge Portal.

  • Repeated Courses: Early registration is not applicable to repeated courses. For information on repeating courses, please review the enrollment requirements.

Request for Accommodations and Services:  After you register through the CSUN portal,you will be able to request your accommodations such as interpreting and transcribing for your classes through Student Access and Accommodation System (SAAS).  Please visit the links below for the step-by-step guides.

Contact NCOD: Contact at when adding, dropping, or making any changes to your accommodations and/or classes.

Check Class Schedule: Check your schedule periodically to keep track of any changes in days, times, and locations. If any changes occur please contact NCOD at

Student Finance - Arrange for Payment of tuition and feesTuition and Fees.

SAAS Information

Online access to accommodations and services

Students registered with the National Center on Deafness have access to the Web-based Student Access and Accommodation System (SAAS). SAAS is used to manage and request academic accommodations and support services. Log in to SAAS here

If you have problems accessing SAAS, the issue may be your Web browser. Make sure you’re using the latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome.

If you’re still having trouble accessing the system, drop by the NCOD in Jeanne Chisholm Hall between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. You can also call (818) 677-2054 or VP: (818) 671-4443 or email

SAAS Training Guides

Academic Accommodations

Support Services



The NCOD's well-educated tutors can help enhance your success in the classroom. From English to biology, many of our tutors teach the subject in which they major. Most of them are deaf or hard of hearing and they all know sign language. Tutoring can be of enormous benefit in sharpening study skills, identifying problem areas, gaining greater mastery of subject materials and developing greater confidence in your ability to excel in class. For more information, please refer to the guides for our tutoring expectations and no-show policy. If you have any additional questions, contact Aileen Rolon.

Direct communication classes

To allow for more direct communication in selected classes, the NCOD collaborates with various academic departments to offer courses with professors who are fluent in sign language. Courses in developmental English, mathematics, freshman composition, introduction to literature, intermediate expository, communication studies, deaf studies and deaf education are offered.

For more details about course offerings, contact Aileen Rolon.