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

Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 8 pm
Friday: 9 am - 6 pm

*These times are subject to change during our building closure.*

Office closed and no classes on:

  • Labor Day, Monday, September 6
  • Indigenous Peoples' Day, Monday, October 11
  • Veteran's Day, Thursday, November 11
  • Thanksgiving Weekend, Thursday, November 25 - Sunday, November 28

Term Schedule

Current Term: Summer
Summer Term Classes Still Registering
Fall Term Registration Now Open!

Classroom Locations

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

Fall Term Update and In-Person Guidelines

All unvaccinated people are required to wear masks in CCAE buildings and classes. All vaccinated people are not required to wear masks - masks are optional and welcome. For offsite classes, please check the section description for variations to this policy.

Our staff is 100% vaccinated. For more information, view our in-person class safety guidelines. We encourage all able students to receive their COVID-19 vaccination to ensure the safety of other students, instructors, staff, and community members. Please continue to check back for further updates as these guidelines may change.

This fall we are offering a combination of online classes, outdoor classes, and in-person classes that will meet inside our historic buildings on Brattle Street at a limited-capacity.

We will continue to limit the capacity of classes in order to give students more space and personalized attention. We look forward to seeing many more of our students and instructors in-person again, and we will also continue to offer online classes in all departments. We hope you are continuing to stay healthy and safe. We look forward to learning with you both online and in-person this fall!

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.