Cambridge Center for Adult Education

The Cambridge Center for Adult Education provides high-quality, fun 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 more.  

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. At CCAE, you can pursue your passions and interests in a welcoming community. Whether it's watercolor or French pastries, come to CCAE to learn with others who share your interests.

Every year, more than 11,000 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.

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Celebrating Stan Edelson

Theater director, playwright, and acting teacher, Stan Edelson, 87, who played a significant role in the 1960s experimental theater movement and the women's liberation movement, will be recognized for his 58 years of teaching at CCAE.