Cambridge Center for Adult Education

The Cambridge Center for Adult Education provides high-quality educational opportunities for the diverse adults of Greater Boston. Sign up today for a class in Cooking, Art, Music, ESL, French, Spanish, Wine & Spirits and so much more.  

New classes start every week from now through Summer. Click on the topics above to explore our offerings or view a pdf of the Summer Catalog below.

For more than a century, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education (CCAE) has provided an oasis of learning in the midst of the busy commercial hub Harvard Square. 

Every year, more than 8000 adults take classes here.  They are looking for knowledge offered in an affordable, social setting in a safe, non-competitive atmosphere. We offer:

  • Extraordinary dedicated, knowledgeable teachers
  • Experiential learning in small group classes
  • Affordable course fees ensuring that classes have a mix of individuals from all walks of life
  • A welcoming atmosphere that encourages connections, often shaping friendships that last a lifetime

Nestled in two historic buildings - the William Brattle House (1727) and the Blacksmith House (1808) - CCAE is steps away from the Harvard Square T station, bus lines, and parking garages.  We offer homey classrooms inside, and inviting public spaces outside. The Brattle House courtyard encourages casual meetings by students, visitors and locals, while the café tables and umbrellas outside the Blacksmith House offer a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of Harvard Square.

Sign up for a class today, you belong here! 



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Learning to Cook at CCAE by Paul Sayed

Laura Nascimento came to Cambridge with her husband Bruno and four children last June. In Brazil, Laura was a busy physical therapist and had hardly any time to cook in the kitchen. Now that she moved to the Boston/Cambridge area Laura has decided to take some cooking classes at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education to develop some basic cooking skills. Now she enjoys cooking for her family and going to the grocery store to find fresh ingredients. Since she started her first class at CCAE, Laura has taken a few cooking classes and a couple of ESL classes as well. Here she shares her experience the Basic Cooking Skills and Techniques class with her instructor Ploy Khunisorn.

Transcribed and Edited by Paul Sayed