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

CCAE provides high-quality, place based experiential education. Located on historic Brattle Street in Harvard Square, we welcome students from all walks of life to come together and create, explore, and grow in our wide-range of classes. From art and cooking to languages and literature, join us and have fun, make friends, and learn in the heart of Harvard Square.

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

Hours & Calendar

Office Hours:
Monday–Thursday: 9am–9pm
Friday: 9am–7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9am–4pm

Office closed and no classes held on:

  • Easter Sunday, April 12
  • Patriot's Day, April 20
  • Memorial Day, May 25

Term Schedule

Current Term: Winter
Spring Registration Open Now
Select Spring Classes Start Online April 21
Spring Term In-Person Classes Postponed to May 11*

*Subject to change

Classroom Locations

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

Our Mission

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