About Us

Cambridge Center for Adult Education is a non-profit organization providing a wide range of high-quality, low-cost educational experiences in Cambridge, Boston, and surrounding area since 1870.

Who We Are

Cambridge Center for Adult Education (CCAE) provides exceptional, hands-on, multidisciplinary educational courses. Located on historic Brattle Street in Harvard Square, we welcome students from all walks of life to create, explore, and grow together in our wide-range of classes. From art and cooking to languages and literature, join us to expand your worldview, develop your professional skill set, take up a new hobby, or simply to make new friends in a community of life-long learners.

  • Diverse Classes
  • Fun and Supportive Atmosphere
  • Welcoming Community
  • Knowledgeable Instructors
  • Central Location

Hours & Calendar

Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 8 pm
Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday – Sunday*: 9 am – 3 pm

*Closed on Sundays if no classes are running.


Office Closed and No Classes on:

  • Labor Day Monday, September 5, 2022
  • Indigenous Peoples/Columbus Day Monday, October 10, 2022
  • Veterans Day Friday, November 11, 2022
  • Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25
  • Christmas Eve/Day Monday, December 26, 2022
  • New Year's Eve/Day Friday, December 30, 2022

Term Schedule

Current Term: Summer
Fall Term Registration Available on Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Fall Term Starts Monday, September 19, 2022

Classroom Locations

42 Brattle Street and 56 Brattle Street
Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA 02138
617.547.6789

Our Mission

Cambridge Center for Adult Education (CCAE) is one of the most wide-ranging and innovative communities of adult learners in the country. CCAE provides affordable education to all members of the community and is a welcoming place committed to experiential, lifelong learning that is distinguished by students and faculty of different racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, religious, and economic backgrounds. CCAE has been a home to curious people pursuing knowledge for 150 years and prides itself on being a place to grow, create and thrive.